These larger than life monumental adornments use cultural signifiers such as the knot to question and explore my cultural identity. The jewelry mimics qualities of my straight black hair to evoke the tactile and visceral, evoking personal identity through adornment. The knot is a cultural symbol that dates back to prehistoric times. Not only is it a beautiful form but it encompasses meanings of connection, conformity, tension, limit, and ornamentation. Rather than feeling the jewelry on the body, the enlarged scale of the pieces allow you to feel the knots internally. Here I merge the feeling of knotted-ness in its various levels of meaning. Thinking about this complex idea behind the body and adornment and its phenomenon in our society, I think about Jewelry as a monument. 

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