Sharon Church's Summer Soliloquy

Sharon Church's Summer Soliloquy

Artist Sharon Church's mixed media jewelry and sculptures are as meditative as they are striking. Meticulously carved and crafted to reflect elements of the natural world, each flower, heart, or living being in a work elicits the range of human emotions from sadness and repulsion to joy and a sense of calm.

Characteristic of this is Church's 1995 brooch, It was the Most Beautiful Day of the Summer. It was created as part of a larger triptych while Church was mourning the premature death of her husband. Writer Marjorie Simon astutely described the piece in the Winter 1999 issue of Metalsmith magazine:

It was the Most Beautiful Day of the Summer represents beauty almost too painful to look at, the blinding light of late afternoon. A somber, contained ebony brooch with no moving parts, it looks like a cross between a fox's head and a truncated, half-golden heart, with a deep cleft to separate the living from the dead.

The painter Paul Cezanne is famously quoted as saying "A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art." Through Church's timeless pieces of wearable art that surge with meaning and sentiment, we give pause and respond to the beauty and temporality of life. 

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