In the summer of 2010 I had my first encounter with a spiritualist medium at Lily Dale, a small, self contained Victorian town in upstate New York. We stayed in the maplewood hotel in the center of town, complete with amazing olde floral wallpaper and ghosts.
The experience changed my life, though I can't quite say in what way. It did however, inspire a lot of my new work and re-kindled my interest in spiritualism with a zeal. I've been holding on to this piece for quite some time to release it in conjunction with the anniversary of my pilgrimage to lily dale.
This necklace features a Victorian era hand cast immortal in sterling silver. This motif was popular during the Victorian period & usually turned up in carved jet as brooches, the hand holding envelopes or swords of laurel. Here the disembodied hand takes on a haunted, ghostly appearance, levitating over the heart as if in protection.
This image represents the hand of the medium, able to cross over to the other side, or the spirit world to communicate with those who have left the earthly plane. These people are conduits for all we have lost and wish to glimpse again.
The necklace is on a sterling cable chain measure 18 inches from end to end and oxidized to achieve my obsessive shade of gloomy grey. The hand is 1 1/2 inches long and is hollow in the back for weight balance.
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