This is a coming of age story

Anne Irving


Providence, RI, United States

6” x 5” x 3.5"

This object is to be used in a practice of rebuilding oneself by reevaluating the learned internal dialogues that derive from dysfunction in a home. It can be assembled and disassembled like a puzzle. The act of making this piece gave me the space to rebuild a ruptured mental infrastructure. This routine of giving time to, & making space for, is something I want to live on in the piece. The final product isn’t the object itself, but a tactile interaction, the act of rebuilding.
The encouraged practice of building draws on memories of retreating behind closed doors to a doll house in order to imagine make-believe realities. This time I am not mocking up make-believe. I am creating support systems that are stronger than the dysfunction from which I came. The brassy golden color evokes an ideal, a shining image of what the future holds. These
aspirations, to be surrounded by love and acceptance, are materializing around me, wall by wall, pillar by pillar. This is a coming of age story.

Anne Irving is a student enrolled in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing department at Rhode Island school of Design. She found her love for metal as a medium while attending The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, studying under Caroline Gore and Rod McCormick.

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