Rivalry - Emotion Series Number 10
Rivalry - Emotion Series Number 10
A Rivalry of Rivalries
"Rivalries are an excuse for animosity to be abused.
A tradition to explain the irrational and depraved.
A justification for future insubordination
Of logical arguments by the sane.
Beasts competed with one another through physical altercations,
But we have evolved to call everyone our brother.
So why is it that we must see fighting between one another?
Why is it that we may not all show that we're lovers?
Is there something wrong with the tolerance of each other?
Whatever rationalization is created for the promotion of hatred,
Should be abolished and ashamed,
That it may show its head and become a vein for placing blame,
Is unsettling all the same.
We are all too similar, and that should not promote altercations of an individual,
Rather it should be used as a connection to the familiar.
It should be used in stride with the builder
Of peace, and a reason for all this nonsense to cease.
We have developed into adults,
and it is time to show this with amiable results.
By citing a rivalry as traditional is exactly the reason
It is sinful.
One day we may see the end of this spitefully built fence,
By breaking down the wall separating far too many of us all.
I hope it is my lifetime here, for failing to unite us,
is my deepest of fears."
~ Sam Newton, 2013
Rivalry isn't exactly an emotion, but a compilation of feelings. Rivalry can be healthy - it can make you better - to strive for a higher goal, or it can bring you down with jealousy, suspicion and hatred. I started drafting the design for this piece after watching my girls fight and remembering sibling rivalry between my sister and I growing up, but as the design and thought developed, I started to think about how much the whole world fights on opposing sides - particularly in the current moment. The wonderfully worded poem above has put my thoughts together more eloquently than I can. As always, I make my things with specific to me meanings, but I hope that you find your own interpretations.
The necklace is constructed out of hand sawed and layered fine and sterling silver. Each element has ben painstakingly created entirely using traditional silversmithing techniques, with the exception of the chain, which is a found element. The stone between the birds' talons is a uniquely faced, high dome Moroccan fire agate. This stone has a life of it's own, if you look into it. I've managed to catch a little bit of the light playing within, but it's much more beautiful in hand. The reverse has been cut out to allow the light to pass through from all sides. The stone between the beaks is a beautifully clear, rose cut garnet. The wing bones were individually crafted, oxidized and polished to highlight. They are attached to the chain with fine silver wire. When worn, the bones tinkle with movement, but do not spread out as they do when displayed flat (as shown in the worn image). The entire length of the necklace is 20" from end to end, causing the center piece to rest nicely on the breast bone.
Consider this a tiny sterling silver sculpture that you can take with you, rather than display in your home, but please treat this piece as art work, rather than durable jewelry. It is sturdy in construction, but still fragile. Fill this ribcage with your own meanings and intent.
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Thank you! XOXO Marina