forsakengardenheart Maker: Lola Brooks (American, born 1970)


American Decorative Arts

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Lola Brooks uses jewelry to challenge conventions of gender and sentimentality. In forsakengardenheart, stereotypical symbols of femininity—roses and bows—are trapped within a heart-shaped cage, the links of which have been painstakingly fused together with gold solder. The pink and white roses are made of recycled coral and ivory, materials associated with Victorian jewelry but also implicated in the slave trade and environmental depletion. Each bow is prominently stamped "14k," drawing attention to the regulations that classify gold standards and contribute to the economy of equating jewelry with love.


Stainless steel, 14-karat gold, ivory, coral, and 14-karat solder


3 1/8 × 3 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. (7.94 × 8.89 × 3.81 cm)

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Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund

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20th century


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Lola Brooks, Brooklyn, NY; Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
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