A life truly lived constantly burns away veils of illusion, burns away what is no longer relevant, gradually reveals our essence, until, at last, we are strong enough to stand in our naked truth.
We have stripped all things of their mystery and numinosity; nothing is holy any longer.
-CJ Jung, Man and His Symbols
made of: silver, copper, vitreous enamel, iron oxide transfer
measurements: Without the ear wires, the earrings measure just over an inch and a half long and 5/8ths of an inch wide. The handmade ear wire is about one inch long and can be fastened securely.
process: The enameling process for making these earrings is labor-intensive. It involves laying layers of finely-ground glass onto the copper forms and firing them multiple times at very high temperatures in a kiln. Lots of protective gear involved at every step. Then I painstakingly gather, cut and arrange tiny fragments of text and imagery from many different eras in history and fuse them into the enamel to tell the stories we may have forgotten.