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Mala Mala

2013-2016

Drawing on the fundamental nature of jewelry, these works are talismans. They are worn for protection during hard times and are themselves reflective of the internal feelings of fracture, fragmenting and confusion. Sometimes buttresses appear to help support or to increase strength. The works speak to complications, entanglements and obstacles. Their beauty is in their refined rawness, the delicate yet brittle edges, crushed solids. Slowly, hints of repair and rebirth appear. Eventually, there is transformation, a blossoming. The talisman itself transforms from protection to celebration.

 

Mala means long necklace or flower garland in Hindi. Malas also refer to prayer necklaces that are generally comprised of 108 beads. These beads are used to keep track of mantra or prayer repetitions. When repeated, the mantra creates a protective space.

Each one of these malas encircles the wearer, armor for exposed vulnerabilities. In aggregate, we can step inside a ritualized demarcated or healing space, embodying the ritualistic, talismanic and protective power of the mantra.

Fractures Fragments Buttresses

Fractured

Fragments

Fractured Mala III

Loopy Fractures

Buttressed Fractures

Buttressed

Buttressed Circles

Fragmented Ruffles

Buttressed Fragments and Loops

Buttressed Circles and Loops

Tangles

Tangled Circles I

Tangled Circles II

Tangled Circles III

Tangled Circles IV

Tangled Circles V

Tangled Circles VI

Tangled Circles VII

Tangled Circles VIII

Tangled Circles IX

Tangled Circles X

Tangled Circles XI

Tangled Circles XII

Fanciful Orchiectomy

Fanciful Orchiectomy I

Fanciful Orchiectomy II

Fanciful Orchiectomy III

Garlands

He Loves Me

He Loves Meā€¦Not