The Amend Exhibition was conceived by Secret Identity Projects in the fall of 2020 to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage. All the work was for sale and a portion of sales was donated to Black Voters Matter.
In my piece, Overgrown/Overdue, the graphic "I Voted" sticker imagery hides amidst a dense lace patterning, hand pierced in mild steel. The lace pattern I chose to replicate was one from the early 1900s. I have often explored ideas surrounding traditional views of feminine and masculine in my work, piercing lace in steel. As I thought about this exhibition and the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, I wanted to honor the strength of the women who fought so hard to establish a right we take for granted, while also acknowledging the struggles and fears that many of us felt as the 2020 election approached. The brooch serves as mourning jewelry - for the state of the nation, our disgust, anger, and disillusionment.