Medium:Bronze, Silver, and Copper
Height: 8 in
Width: 3.5 in
Depth: 3.5 in
Army men spewing from a faucet.
Renee Zettle-Sterling is a professor of Jewelry, Metalsmithing and Foundations at GVSU. Her studio practice and research explore the influence of everyday objects in transitioning through the difficult process of grief and examines how mourning and commemoration is contained within objects and our constructed systems. On this sculpture she reflects, “These mouthpieces, symbolic of the veterans' voices, function not only as corks that impede the flow of memories, but also as repositories for memory. The 'Actualities' become a conduit for their reflections. By wearing the pieces, the viewers gain insight into the veterans' experience, particularly the different facets of their memories and identities. The viewers then themselves become the conduits for these oral histories."