Safety Measures

Aimee Howard-Clinger


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL, United States

3 x 3 x 0.75 inches

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Few things in life have the power to conjure up fear and require faith like a sudden illness or bodily disorder. Even with ever-evolving medical advancements, uncertainty and the need to protect is an inherent response to illness. Historically, many cultures found comfort in the use of amulets – wearable ornaments thought to provide protection against evil, danger, or disease. These objects provide a form of defense and offer hope in the face of bodily degradation.

This piece serves as a contemporary amulet, addressing faith, protection, and healing. The interior of this brooch holds layers of medical gloves, representing numerous hands preforming tests and procedures to diagnose, protect, and heal. The exterior of this piece is reminiscent of architectural elements found in the religious buildings such as cathedrals, temples, and mosques. These design influences reference notions of meditation, reflection, and contemplation; subjects which often arise in conjunction with illness.

Aimee's artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues including the Gold Museum in New Taipei City, Taiwan; Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy, Australia; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. She is an Associate Professor and Area Head of Metals/Jewelry at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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