Iliana Lawrence

Iliana Lawrence creates artwork that is a representation of herself but also works as a form of activism. The subject of her artwork centers around animal rights, environmental issues, and social rights issues. This can be seen in the meaning behind her work as well as the materials used. She is drawn to jewelry as a medium because of its ability to be interacted with and the engagement with her pieces from everyday people. This helps to start dialogue around the issues she is passionate about.

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The Great Emancipator

Date of Creation: March 8, 2023

List of Materials: Pennies, Half-Dollars, Copper

Dimensions: 5x8x7.5 inches

Photographer's Name: Jerod Jones, Robly Glover

Model's Name: Iliana Lawrence

Other Contributors: Iliana Lawrence (makeup)

Conceptual Statement: The Great Emancipator is a crown made for a bail bondsman. It is a crown made of pennies with Abraham Lincoln's face front and center. The pennies are sewn together and held up by a copper cage made to look like a jail cell. Abraham Lincoln is used as a way to talk about modern day slavery. Lincoln was the president under which slavery was abolished, but did the slavery ever really end? The 13th amendment is supposed to abolish slavery but it explicitly allows penal labour. So, today bail bondsmen are the people who help people post bail and escape this system. They are the king of the jail in their own right but is it about helping these people or profiting off the system that puts capital before humans.

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King of the Jail

Date of Creation: 07/03/2023

List of Materials: Pennies, Half-Dollars, Copper

Dimensions: 5x8x7.5 inches

Photographer's Name: Jerod Jones, Robly Glover

Model's Name: Iliana Lawrence

Conceptual Statement: King of the Jail is a crown made for a bail bondman. It uses money to talk about the cash bail system in America. People are incarcerated without having been convicted for a crime simply because they do not have the money to post bail. This is where bail bondsman come in. They help people get out of tough situations. They have the upper hand and are able to profit off the justice system America has built. The one that is built under the guise of equal justice for all...

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The Great Emancipator

Date of Creation: 07/03/2023

List of Materials: Pennies, Half-Dollars, Copper

Dimensions: 5x8x7.5

Photographer's Name: Robly Glover

Model's Name: Iliana Lawrence

Conceptual Statement: The Great Emancipator uses America's history to talk about the modern day prison system. America is one of two countries to use a cash bail system where people are forced to put up a large sum of money in order to await their trial outside of prison. However, a lot of people do not have the ability to do this and are forced to turn to bail bondsmen. Bail bond companies are able to turn a profit from these people who often times are living paycheck to paycheck. Bondsmen profit off the justice system America has created. It is supposed to be equal justice for all but who is really included in 'all'.

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