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Rites of Passage

“Popped”
bronze, balloon
2014

“Taken”
pyrex glass, sterling silver, stainless steel
2015

“Marked”
recycled inherited gold, copper
2015


Each ring was 3D modelled and printed. The glass component was created to my specifications by a scientific glass blower.

This series reflects on the symbolism of rings in our culture. A purity ring holds an inflated balloon, as fragile as the concept of virginity. An engagement ring serves as a garish status symbol. A wedding band marks the finger green, as all commitments leave traces on the body.