"...all of my hummingbirds have alibis & 1000 profound virtues cover my body" -surrealist Max Ernst.
I lifted this quote off of one of Max Ernst's captivating, surrealist Victorian collages, and it has stayed with me ever since, it's meaning twisting to make new meanings.
Here, four hummingbird skulls are criss- crossed into a "breast plate" shape and adorns you by crossing over two fingers. What I love best about this ring is that its unusual shape doesn't reveal straight-away that they are tiny bird skulls. This trick of the eye is used in other pieces of mine such as the sparrow claw rings I've designed. This play with design and theme is ever evolving in my work.
This cross pattern of the hummingbirds reveal a sort of psychic shield for it's wearer, relating directly to the quote it was inspired by as well as the design of Native American breast plates, although here it is worn as a two-finger ring crossing over the fingers. The breast plate was usually composed of bones and other natural elements. Here it is made up of cast sterling bones.
The sterling skulls are lightweight and oxidized as well as brushed to reveal highlights over the top of the skull whilst the tiny thin beaks remain dark. Intriguing and beautiful with a macabre twist.
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