Ashley Burke

Through creative expression, we work to understand the world around us. Science does not exist without creativity; new ways of looking and expression lead us to new discoveries and models of understanding. Re-interpret to identify, re-represent to become part, to covet the unconquerable. My work is an expression of this desire to re-imagine, seeking my own interpretation of the world around me and find my place within it. The convergence of these ideas inspires my art.

Recently, my focus has turned to the creation of kinetic jewelry that I call Time Talismans, objects that can challenge our perception of time as linear construct. These pieces incorporate motion, sometimes overt and sometimes subtle. The movement will vary dependent on the wearer, the context, and the other forces of nature. Through their subtle movements and intricate designs, these talismans serve as guides, reminding us that change is the only constant, nothing is static.

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Emergence

Date of Creation: March 15, 2023

List of Materials: Sterling Silver, Keum Boo (14K)

Dimensions: 1 1/4" x 3/4" (HxW)

Photographer's Name: Ashley Burke

Conceptual Statement: This work is part of my Time Talisman series. The work is an overt reference to the honeycomb with small gilded (keum boo) gold dots that dance on the surface of the honeycomb. The vibrating movement is meant to mimic the similar movement of the honeybee. For the image, a lens was used to alter the perfect honeycomb pattern and draw attention to the details, creating a surrealist surface image.

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Failed Mimicry

Date of Creation: 15/03/2023

List of Materials: Sterling Silver, Black and White Rose Cut Opals

Dimensions: 2 1/2" x 5/8" (HxW)

Photographer's Name: Ashley Burke

Conceptual Statement: Another work from my Time Talisman series. This work is entitled Failed Mimicry. True mimicry is never perfect in nature. These two earrings both feature a swinging set opal, one black and one white. the imperfection in the mimic is referenced in the opposing colors and the nature of the rose cut stone. For the image, I sought to mimic and recreate the earrings in a flat surface through drawings of the same earrings repeated in an irregular pattern. The pattern and the detail of the work is then magnified by the use of the lens to confuse the viewer of the photograph.

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