SONDRA SHERMAN    Jewelry
Gertrude and AliceGertrude and AliceStudy for Gertrude IStudy for Alice IStudy for Gertrude IIStudy for Gertrude II- (back view)Study for Alice IIStudy for Alice II (back view)White Lace 'Gents' RingsPinstriped PearlsHidden AgenderHidden Agender
Hidden Agender 1999
Are 'Gent’s Rings' in the jewelry sales catalogues only for gents?

This body of work considers jewelry’s complicity in the gender stereotyping common in our culture, and its role in presenting a public identity.

As a reference of earlier works addressing romantic archetypes, chandelier crystal forms are used as gender symbols. The large pendants portray the author Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas, to honor an archetype often neglected.

Other pieces use traditional jewelry forms, such as ‘Gent’s Rings’, or the strand of pearls, subverting the common gender 'typecasting' through patterns and proportions.













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