Eden Bradford | Can I Keep An Eye On You?

Artist: Eden Bradford, Ohio
Materials: sterling silver and found baby doll parts
Size: 8

Artist Statement: The artist has been drawn to the slightly creepy, yet whimsical, for as long as they can remember. They have brought this inclination into their work and this piece is no exception. Although some may find it disturbing, this ring is meant to be a silly and amusing piece. With a desire to make art that can be relatable to everyone, not just the elite of society, this piece is made using the eye from a discarded baby doll. The isolation of the blinking eye on the finger creates a slightly unnerving yet whimsical fashion accessory.

Artist Bio: Eden Bradford is a University of Akron graduate where they earned a Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art with a minor in metalsmithing. As a student, Eden was the recipient of multiple scholarships for their work. Eden’s work has been included in the 2022 and 2023 Ohio State Fair’s Fine Art Exhibition where they received a Juror’s Choice Award in 2023. Eden has also exhibited in many other shows throughout Northeast Ohio. They worked with Emily Davis Gallery in the curation of the 2023 Collection Show. At their university, Eden founded and curated a recurring exhibit, The Bullshit Show.
Eden Bradford’s work in recent years has been focused on using metal and developing their metalsmithing skills. They have drawn inspiration for their work from experiences with mental health issues and their queer identity. Their metal work is based on a clean and simple aesthetic. Eden frequently incorporates found objects into their jewelry designs. Many of these found objects are detritus found on walks.

This ring was part of Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2024, an online exhibition and competition. View the entire collection HERE, view the matches HERE, and learn more HERE.