Thursday, September 11, 2014

In Between Worlds

Last year, before I moved to my parents' house from Asheville, I told some friends that I felt like I was "in between worlds" and this sentiment remains intact today. I find myself "in between" in my work and where I want to live; I'm split between jewelry and installation/sculpture, I'm split between the US and Iceland, and I'm split between family obligations and the studio. This divided feeling lingers at the surface and informs my work whether I'm conscious of it or not.

When I was designing new work for my History Repeats Collection, I started by playing around with existing forms and as I moved pieces in front of me, I remembered something my friend, Jen Townsend, said. It was something like "if you're stuck on a piece, cut it apart." And, that's exactly what I did. I divided my Sentiment teardrop shape in half with my saw frame and began working with the parts. I went on to design three incredibly simple pieces I'm calling "Split Sentiment," which seems wonderfully appropriate right now.

We are often split or divided in our lives in lots of different ways and these moments test us. They can also bring out the best in us. My Split Sentiment Earrings and Pendant are for these moments, both beautiful and challenging.

Please visit my Etsy shop, AmyTavernJewelry, to view these pieces and more new work. Everything is 25% off from now until September 18!

Thanks for reading.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Those are really nice. I think so many artists have this dilemma, and the things/people/situations that hold back the artist, are the people we care about the most.