Still Beating

Medium: Jewelry

Artist Statement:

"The heart is home to our most critical thoughts and emotions. Current events have shocked the very ground we stand on which caused me to look into my own heart and discover myself. This is a piece of my own heart that I have put up for display in order to show the importance of one’s body in physical and cognitive form. Inspiration is drawn from open heart surgery and medical illustrations.

CAD software, cloisonné enamel, laser engraving, welding, and cold connections were all used in the making of this work. Fine silver and copper metals are used as the base for the heart, and various transparent vitreous enamels are fused on top. The heart is suspended by stainless steel springs that allow the heart to move or “beat” while being worn. The steel frame refers to the steel device used during open heart surgery to keep the chest open."

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