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Sarah Holden

Mini Chain Drop Earrings

Mini Chain Drop Earrings

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Mini Chain Drop Earrings


sterling silver


Artist Statement

My work investigates how female identity is constructed and performed through the body. The female body as site and content for my work yields series in sculpture, drawing and limited-production jewelry. As content, I source and celebrate imagery and histories of women that rebel against traditional expectations of how women are “supposed to act.” Working inside this contested space I use traditional and non-traditional craft techniques to challenge these expectations by creating a role reversal through material. All of my sculpture and jewelry are created using some combination of steel and fiber. I set this guideline for myself as a challenge: if steel represents the masculine and fiber represents the feminine, how can I reverse their expected gender associations and challenge the status quo? As site, the immediacy of presenting the work on or referencing the body in the format of jewelry allows me to provide a direct connection to the politicized body that the work explores.

Artist bio:
Sarah Holden received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a focus in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts/Material Studies and Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah has presented as a visiting artist at The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, TheSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Wisconsin Whitewater and has taught as a Metals Instructor at The Penland School of Crafts. Sarah’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Mint Museum and the Racine Art Museum. Sarah has been recently honored with an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant and a Society of North American Goldsmiths Professional Educational Endowment. Sarah’s sculpture and limited production jewelry can be found in exhibitions and at galleries across the US. Sarah currently lives in Chicago where she works as a studio artist, teaches steel fabrication and metal forming at The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center and is a mom to two young wild girls.

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