When I'm making things, or planning to make them, I find that I always have these disparate conflicting ideas. When I'm making jewelry, I have all these figurative ideas that I want to communicate, and when I'm drawing, I just want to create shapes and patterns. Mostly because I often have trouble reconciling jewelry and wearable arts with the idea of high fine art in my head. I've read all the reasoning, and I know the old sculpture vs. painting debate that goes back to Da Vinci and Michelangelo... but, sometimes, I dunno, I can't find the place where they crossover in my head, at least in a modern, contemporary context.
I ask you, dear readers, what does jewelry mean to you? Is it disposable, plastic nonsense to be worn a few times as a kitschy cute statement. Is it an heirloom to be treasured. Is its value measured in diamonds and gold. Does it communicate socially your culture or status. Or, is it extremely personal, a decoration that shows off your own sense of style and taste. (style and taste being a whole other argument there.) Or something else, you tell me.
In the meantime, this is an image I've had in my head the past 2 days. Modern goddess, demon, or simply a manifestation of conflicting emotions? I'm getting somewhere...
and a decent image of one of my spiral enamels: