Kattie Jones | Nest

Artist: Kattie Jones, Pennsylvania
Materials: sterling silver, pearls
Size: 9

Artist Statement: After falling from a tree, a small nest lays dormant on the ground. Abandoned. These domed paper-like walls still stand after the cold sets in. Small cells inside, once a nursery for young ones, are now frozen in time. Wasps are not our favorites, but their nests are architectural masterpieces.

Artist Bio: Organic structures echo memories, emotions, and everyday interactions. My process of creation is a mechanism to cope with humanity. I look at different forms of nature to inspire my work; free-flowing motion, unique textures, and intricate curves. As a result, every form incarnates an existence or remembrance.
As I learn to acclimate myself to my surroundings and cope with various situations, I romanticize the talents of countless plants and insects. I admire their abilities to adapt to their surroundings and protect themselves from many different environments. Nature has a beautiful way of embracing change, growth, and strength. Specific unique and resilient characteristics of so many seemingly fragile things are enthralling to me.
Fragments of nature such as plants, bones, and insects give a treasured and vulnerable existence. Intricate curves, connections, and details follow an intuitive thought process as I harmonize my found resources with my metal forms.

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.