Saint Javier of Oak Street

Copper, brass, enamel, sterling silver, pearls, thread, malachite, birch bark, cz, and lizard

4 x 2 x 1 inches

Photographed by artist

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When I first moved to North Carolina, I was immediately enamored with the anole lizards that hung out in the holly bushes by my front door. They were often hidden amongst the leaves, and hard to spot. One was quickly named Javier, and since anole lizards remain an important personal symbol. This contemporary take on a traditional reliquary elevates this common creature to the sacred status it holds in my world view. Like many traditional reliquaries, the remains are falsified, with this particular corpse representing the spirit of Javier, still protected in his leafy green shroud.


Liz Steiner received her MFA in Metal Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. and a BFA in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from Kent State University in 2006, were she also earned a minor in Geology. She has exhibited work both nationally and internationally in shows such as the Alchemey: The Enamelist Sociey Student Exhibition, the SNAG Annual Juried Student Exhibition: No Boundaries, the SNAG Annual Juried Student Slide Show: A Presence of Thought, both in Houston Texas. Liz has had work published in Lark’s 500 Pendants and Lockets and 500 Enameled Objects, and curated the international exhibition Hot Under the Collar. She was the 2012 Artist Fellow in Fine Metals at Peters Valley Craft center, and a recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant. Recently, Steiner was the Teaching Artist in Metal Arts at the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology, before returning to live and teach in Eastern NC.