Narrative Necklace: The Sunlit Surface
Cast bronze necklace, "Chain" includes bone and flower shapes. Medallion of the necklace is a yellow flower in resin.
This piece was a collaboration between GVSU students from Professor Renee Zettle-Sterling’s metalsmithing class and Professor Caitlin Horrocks’ creative writing class. Each metalsmithing student was asked to create a work of art in response to an original story written by a student in the creative writing class. The collaborations were on display as part of an exhibition titled “Desire.” For this necklace, Jessica Hoover created a work of art based on a story written by Amy McNeel about a family’s struggle with mental illness.
“My vision for this necklace arose from the author’s metaphoric use of daisies to represent her family’s mental health.” – Jessica Hoover
“Experts say that mental illness can be genetic; that insomnia and anxiety and depression can soak through the seams from one family member to another. Perhaps that’s why I share the nights with Mom – I have for a long time, in my own sort of way. It takes hours for the thoughts to stop spinning, the lists to stop building. Hours to drift away. Away go the happy thoughts in the dark of the night. The tornado of thoughts came when I was young, and when I tried to fall asleep the darkness would play scene by scene like a slideshow. One second, I would see Dad leaving for work and not coming back. I would see car crashes and blood. I would see myself, all alone. I still do.” – Excerpt from “The Sunlit Surface” by Amy McNeel