Tuesday, September 03, 2013
At one point in my career as an artist, I used my art to make social commentary about sexuality and psychospirituality. As I transitioned more into jewelry, I gave up my soap box (for the most part) and focused primarily on creating objects of beauty.
When I heard about the "special rings" I decided to make a tongue-in-cheek interpretation that would thumb my nose at the fear mongering and homophobia. The ring and setting are made from annealed copper. I took a electron microscopic image of the virus and altered it with vibrant reds. I glued it under a magnifying, pebble-like glass dome and set it in the bezel. I wanted it to look slightly over the top and a little bit menacing.
Disclaimer: I just wanted to make a note that this isn't a functioning viral deployment ring... nor do I have HIV.