BOSOM no 3. 2018
During my 100 days of metal exploration I tried combining the technique of raising flat sheets of metal into a vessel form and utilizing metal wire to weave an airy extension of the bowl. Unknowingly, as I wove the test piece from the concave side, when I flipped it over the form resembled a bosom.
The word bosom has several definitions that make this accidental reference powerful and relevant to my current work. Not just a woman's chest, but part of a woman's dress covering the chest - 'a space between a person's clothing and chest used for carrying things'. Literary uses of bosom reference loving care and protection, as well as the bosom being the seat of emotions. This Bosom "bowl" is both a vessel that holds my emotions as a female artist today and (made from metal) suggests that it protects and strengthens my ability to access and express those emotions through my art - symbolic of strength, solidarity and the literal and figurative armor that women wear every single day.