2019 – 18ct yellow gold, 1.74ct Ceylon sapphire, Orlando Novel by Virginia Woolf, paint, ink.
The joyous tear, which subtly transcends from dark blue to light blue, solidifies a moment of change. The tear detaches from the book to form a single earring.
For this piece, I was inspired by Virginia Woolf's novel, ‘Orlando’. In it, the protagonist lives through several centuries and changes sex from man to woman. When Orlando changes, she points out that nothing has changed apart from her sex. This was quite a statement in 1928 and is still incredibly poignant and relevant today.
I chose to create an earring because during the time of the Elizabethan courts, which is where part of the novel is set, it was the fashion to wear one earring. Skip forward to the 1980s, and wearing an earring in a particular ear gestured to your sexual preference.
Orlando’s Tears 2019