Excess, Vulnerability, and the Next Generation of Jewelers
by Jessica Todd
"I have always been obsessed with the aesthetics our society tends to shame or treat as taboo. I love corpulent, bloated forms, overflow, wrinkles, sagging, dripping, and excess. I love total indulgence, pleasure, and hedonism; glorifying guilty pleasures instead of condemning them; celebrating sexuality and vulnerability; and through all of that, relating to others through my jewelry. I think a lot about the connection between pleasure and shame—often the very things that make us feel vulnerable or ashamed are the things that allow us to connect deeply with one another."
Image caption: Breana Ferrara,
Cotton Candy Sea Cuke, 2019, brooch, fine silver, fabric, polyester stuffing, glass beads, freshwater pearls, bull horn, shell, thread,
305 x 152 x 38 mm, photo: artist