Lacey Dissent Collar
Artist: Dana Cassara
Materials: sterling silver, leather
Dimensions: 2 1/4" x 1 1/2" largest element, 18 1/2" long
Beneficiary: Planned Parenthood Action Fund - For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women's health and well-being, based on respect for each individual's right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning. Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood, fighting to advance and expand access to sexual health care and defend reproductive rights.
Artist Statement: I made two pieces for this show. Show here is “Lacey Dissent Collar”. Made in memory of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and in support of Planned Parenthood and in turn, ALL women across the United States. Made from heavy gauge sterling silver, the necklace is roll-printed with antique lace generously donated to the project by a good friend; it was his grandmother's. The design boldly displays the symbol for woman. It is both overtly feminine and fierce.
I grew up during a golden age in a place with a conscience and a mother who, through necessity knew her own strength. From a young age, I understood I could become whatever I wanted. There were no limits or expectations, EXCEPT I had to go to college. From experience, my mom knew the value of an education, so “I would never need to be dependent on a man”. As a child I didn’t fully understand that girls of my mother’s generation experienced a very different upbringing. That, in fact, my experience was a small slice in time and geography. I took it for granted.
Our right to vote and choose our own future was fought for by our mothers and people like my friend’s grandmother. It is our responsibility to ensure the generations who follow are guaranteed at the very minimum the same.