Piece created for Challenge 2021 Jewelry and Nature
Materials ovine bone, silver, rose quartz, stainless steel, glass
Chantel Gushue’s work is a reflection on the human condition. Her recent work hones in on the damaging exertion used when trying to reach an unattainable, perceived perfection. The materials she uses to illustrate this analogy (bone and crystal) form in similar ways in nature, through the crystallization of their own essential matter. Bone ossifies through a constant process of degeneration and regeneration while crystals grow slowly as a saturated solution cools. Their outward appearance leads to a presumption of worth, while their true value lies beneath the surface.