Sarah Holden

Knotted Collar Link Chain, sterling silver, nylon stockings, 20" long, $550 Contact us for purchase

Knotted Collar Link Chain, sterling silver, nylon stockings, 20" long, $550

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Semi Solid Ruffle Drop, sterling silver, nylon stockings, .5" x 2", $150

 

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Flat Double Ruffle Hoop Small, mild steel, sterling silver, 1" around, $75

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Puffed Heart, sterling silver, 17" long, pendant measures .5" x 1.5" x 1.5",  $350 Contact us for purchase

Puffed Heart, sterling silver, 17" long, pendant measures .5" x 1.5" x 1.5",  $350

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Ruffle Knot Stud, sterling silver, .5" x .75", $150 Contact us for purchase

Ruffle Knot Stud, sterling silver, .5" x .75", $150

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Ruffle Peep Mini Drop, sterling silver, nylon stockings, .5" x 1", $150

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Ruffle Peep Mini Drop, sterling silver, nylon stockings, .5" x 1", $150

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Steel Curl Hoop, large, mild steel, 18k yellow gold, .5" x 1.25", $350

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Semi-Solid Ruffle Stud, sterling silver, .125" x .75", $150 Contact us for purchase

Semi-Solid Ruffle Stud, sterling silver, .125" x .75", $150

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Small Round Locket, sterling silver, 20" long, locket measures .75" x 1", $400 Contact us for purchase

Small Round Locket, sterling silver, 20" long, locket measures .75" x 1", $400

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Knotted Drop Ruffle Studs, sterling silver, nylon stockings, .75" x .75" x 1.5", $150

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Small Patty Stud, large, sterling silver, .125" x .75", $95 Contact us for purchase

Small Patty Stud, large, sterling silver, .125" x .75", $95

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My work investigates the plight of the female condition through the body. The performance of gender is challenged materially by constructing delicate and curvy forms from industrial steel wire and strong muscle-like veins of knotted stockings, lace and lingerie. Subversions of accepted notions of gender are articulated through these beautified welded steel structures that are rendered useless without the knotted, stitched and sewn stockings and lace that hold the work together. The immediacy of presenting the work on the body in the format of jewelry allows me to provide a direct connection to bulbous, imperfect, politicized body the work explores.

Sarah Holden received her MFA in Studio Art with a focus in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her BFA in Crafts/Material Studies and Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Sarah has presented as a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and taught as a Metals Instructor for Penland School of Crafts.  Sarah currently lives, works as a studio artist and teaches in Chicago, IL.