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Maker: Lola Brooks, American, born 1970

forsakengardenheart

2012

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)
Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
2012.108.1

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.

Geography: 
Made in Brooklyn, New York
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Jewelry
Provenance: 

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

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.