Neckpiece: TELLING THE BEES. 2004
Raccoon trap, sterling silver spoon and forks, iron, brass, 19th-century chandelier
crystal, mustard seeds, Czech cubic zirconias, 19th-century austrian crystal bead,
glass marble, steel-point engraving, sterling silver earring findings, clock- and door-keys, masonic ceremonial chain, brass thumb-latch, leather, soil.
TELLING THE BEES continues my series of large neckpieces using animal traps as
The act of disarming this implement of harm gives me satisfaction, and suffuses the
work with a potency that is thrilling to work with.
The title refers to the old folk practice of telling a hive of bees of a loved one's death; it was believed that the bees were attendant to the soul of the departed.
Photo by Stephen Rowson; model, Shanti