Strong Like Love
Sterling silver, shibuichi, copper, 22K gold, and gold plated brass
4 x 2.5 x 1 inches
Photography by Robert Thomas Mullen
Videography by William Mathie
Growing a garden with perennial flowers is one way I embrace an optimistic attitude about the future. After the plants die in the fall, I await their return in the spring to tend to them and allow the cycle to continue. Strong Like Love depicts a flower garden and trellis wall with a wilting daisy being held up with a golden rope, hopeful that the plant will regain strength and continue to grow. The gold rope represents the supportive energy received from loved ones from both the present and spiritual world. Not long after my mother passed away, I discovered that she kept a piece of broken jewelry in her jewelry box, a disc with an engraved “D”, that belonged to my brother, David, who she lost 50 years ago. That broken object held a powerful memory for her that made it worthy of keeping in a precious place regardless of its lacking value. I placed it in the center of the trellis as a symbol of family members who have passed but continue to guide us. The snake on the back of the trellis represents evil and pain, both of which are inescapable experiences in life, yet necessary to feel true joy. The small container revealed by lifting the gladiolus leaves is meant to hold a meaningful object, like the one my mother kept throughout her life.
Sue Amendolara was born in Youngstown, Ohio, USA. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry Design/Metalsmithing from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She teaches Jewelry Design/Metalsmithing at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, served as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and is on the Board of Govenors at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Her metalwork has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally in galleries and museums and is part of the permanent collections of The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. and the White House Collection of American Crafts, Washington D.C.