Aimee Howard-Clinger United States Other

This series of wearable sculptures, titled Fragments, was influenced by political unrest that has led to a decline of diversity and culture. This deterioration has been manifested both at home and abroad through events such as the violent clashes in Charlottesville and proposed boarder walls as well as the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage by ISL. I choose to represent this regression visually through the use of fragmented patterns. The surface design of each piece is indicative of a different culture and created utilizing historic metalsmithing techniques such as champlevé, inlay, damascene, and marriage of metals. Each fragmented pattern is backed with cement and protruding infrastructure remnants, designed to appear as though the piece has been pulled from rubble. This juxtaposition of beauty and destruction is meant to open discussion of what is lost with cultural upheaval and decline of diversity.