Wearable-art/jewelry has a beautiful way of physically meeting the desire to connect. I am consistently touched by how the heart can be translated so exactly, if desired, through this art form. That possibility is largely why I choose to lead a studio-artists unpredictable, and often-lonely lifestyle. The potential for meaningful connections is very motivating for me. Whether it is through creating a way for a bride to feel like she is a work of art, or providing a talisman for grieving- I find this work extremely rewarding.
6" x 3" x 1"
Each tiny fold formed house is stamped with different repeating messages. These are: Pinned and Pinning. Control; loss of control. Tell the truth. Flesh it out. Materials used: copper, brass, sterling silver, found objects.
The Value of Words No.2 with Heather Gordon
“The Value of Words No. 2″ is a collaborative project between Chicago based artist, Sydney Brown and North Carolina based artist, Heather Gordon - completed at the Vermont Studio Center in 2011. The intrigue to work together was fueled by the clear differences between where and what these two artists are influenced by. One by such things as binary codes the other by heartbreak and romance. The idea for the work came from Heather’s personal obsession with the numerically valued word lists generated by playing Perquacky, a word game played with lettered dice. The collaboration started with words and numeric totals for each round of play typed on index cards for a game between two players. Sydney took the even numbered cards, and Heather took the odds. What began as an experiment with words, numbers and gaming bloomed into a dialogue of association combining the concepts of game play and relationships, intuition and logic, and a general exploration of the meaning of the words we speak.
This piece is displaying physical manifestations of emotional damage resulting from moments of empathy gone wrong. Each individual object is a different representation of the wounded heart. Several individuals were interviewed about their personal experiences in co-dependent, reckless, or damaging relationships. The audience is invited to put on headphones and listen to these individuals tell their own stories of giving too much.
Suspension of Breathing
5' x 5' 2007
This piece was created about my father. He was about to undergo heart surgery. The writing in the background is my own stream of consciousness about the situation as well as intermittent paragraphs taken from a chapter in a medical text on what to do when someone stops breathing. The objects in the jars are a handmade, three dimensional heart and set of lungs. The materials used are: glass jars, water, light tables, copper, and enamel
Things Left Unsaid with Chrystal Powell
(for “Social Conditioning” with Femina Potens Gallery)
These works were part of a collaborative concept developed between myself and Chrystal Powell during our residency at Vermont Studio Center and shown later at Femina Potens Gallery in San Francisco. We both chose organs, bones and cells and created installations that were using the body’s parts as metaphors for what goes unsaid, or invisibly transpires between two people or more in relationship to one another. We employed obsessive and repetitive process’ as we dove into ideas relating to relationships and virulence, passion, sickness, wellness and layers on layers of interpersonal dynamics.
Chrystal created a full set of human teeth from carving chalk, a stuffed stomach with a re-constructed magic 8-ball inside with invented sayings one might hear from a ‘gut’ and built a set of intestines from shredded paper, embellished with miniature poetic writing and connected at each point by one piece of fine red thread.
My contribution included stitched “blood cells”, a set of metal lungs and bronchial sacs, a metal rib cage and sternum, and the heart.
Revolution Craft Show Chicago
Through a small series of fortunate choices, Maia Leppo and I found each other. As fellow metal smiths and transplants to the great city of chicago the same summer, we discovered a shared desire for a new space to show our work. Lucky for us, Chicago knows how to welcome and make room for a couple of passionate, hard-working girls. We have had the privilege of partnering with Revolution Brewery, who have hosted our events in the past, of which there have been 3 thus far. Currently we are gearing up for our first show hosted by Salvage One. We curate and organize groups of amazing artists several times a year to bring you the Revolution Craft Show. Should you be interested in learning more about our shows, or even better, join us as a vendor, please visit: revolutioncraftshow.squarespace.com