Historic Reality Tiara
16.5" x 8.5" x 8"
sterling silver, fine silver, gold, brass gunshells, 1979 road atlas, glass watch crystals, glass cabochons, bottle caps, guinea hen feathers, doll eyes, wisdom teeth, Great Grandma Schertz's squash seeds, fingernail clippings, Georgia dirt, bone toothpick, shell, found objects
"Historic Reality Tiara holds so much information for me. My love of history, objects, fabrication, adornment, ritual, humor, travel, extremes. One of a series of 4 pieces created in 2001. Originally, the theme of the series was Obsession, but I was becoming rather physically ill when I obsessed over all the technical aspects required to create the pieces. So I renamed the theme Devotion, a "kinder gentler" Obsession. This way I could still labor as long as needed to carry out my intent and idea but not feel sick. In terms of subject matter, each place signified by road atlas under glass watch crystals refers to a location that was an important Native American site before the arrival of Europeans. I am interested in true history of places and people, as far as it is accessible, and have often been curious about how my ancestors thought about setting and tilling of native soil. An important book at the time I created this piece was Stolen Continents."