HANNAH PLOWRIGHT, jewelry
One thing that I've always been interested in is the mental separation of humans from the natural world and how objects dictate our interactions with that world. In western culture, there is this belief that people are separate and superior to nature, which is a relatively recent invention. As long as people have existed, we have lived in rhythm with the seasons, following the cycle of the moon, eaten from these lands, and yet we continue to over farm, pollute and over-extract. I am not innocent of these acts myself and having spent many years as an environmental activist, I was disheartened by the constant disasters and seeing so little change. I felt like the root of the problem was this cultural disconnect from nature and using my art, I partake in the conversation.
Metal objects, and specifically jewelry, hold an interesting cultural significance for me as well, from wedding rings and family heirlooms to cheap stuff you can find in stores, the idea of value is inherently embedded in this medium. What's more, is that the interaction with jewelry is incredibly personal, essentially installing the object onto the body to reach its final form.
In my work, I mimic natural forms with metal in order to reference the preciousness of both materials. By interweaving living plants with metal, I am making the wearer interact with nature in a way that reminds us that we are not separate from it. My body of work draws attention to the value we place on material objects versus the value we place on the natural world during this time of environmental crisis. On a spiritual level, this combination of materials signals hope and survival. This series is to create a dialogue, to make the viewer reevaluate their relationship with the environment in hopes of a greener future.
Hannah casts and fabricates pieces using recycled sterling silver, 14K gold, bronze, brass and even living moss.