powder coat, brass, sterling silver.
3.25 x 1.75 x 0.125cm
Jolene’s work over the last year has been about repetition and finding routine amid the uncertainty of today. Being a teacher, she went from a 50+ hour a week job to a four hour a week job leaving her with an abundance of time during the pandemic. Jolene was free to choose what she spent her time doing all day every for months at a time. Working in the studio was something that she had neglected for so long that she decided to allow herself the time to make. Once she reset her space, choose her materials, and allowed herself the freedom to fail she could not stop.
Brass has been a staple in Jolene’s work for years. After completing a series of rings with brass bezels, she realized that this material could be used easily to create different shapes. It started as a simple shape, the rectangle and then she started repeating it, manipulating it and adding more to it. Powder coating, a more recent addition to her techniques, allowed for the bright colors and wearability, which was what she was looking for. As Jolene persisted in her process, she started going bigger and brighter. Big earrings can be a way to express our individuality, make a statement and she wanted to speak to that. “In a time where masks take away from our identity, we can gain more control of our situation by expressing ourselves in bolder and brighter ways”. As she continues to experiment with her materials, she is constantly finding new and more interesting ways to put her pieces together. Now that we have adapted through the current situation time is a commodity once again but by using that time that she was given, she has found an inspiration that she cannot quiet. Jolene will continue to produce, and she is hoping that her work will grow and develop just as she has.