Once of the challenges I have discovered is that being a polymath is fine if you’re a man and an Old World Master, but it’s an uphill ride for an American woman in the 21st century. With all of us bombarded with so much information 24/7, American culture is, now more than ever, a pigeon-holing society.
Often when people see my larger metalwork or my miniature paintings, they say “But I thought you made jewelry,” as if any of us ever just did one thing all the time. (I don’t even bother explaining my previous background as a professional dancer.) Saying anything so narrowing to a creative person is as clueless as asking an accountant, “Why would you read a book if there is no math involved?” I’ve been easing people into this metal + other artwork concept for years with my other metal-bound, illuminated manuscripts. A larger book, with an even more complex metal cover, and my own text, my own story was a natural progression. Ditto putting it out there in a format that can reach more people.
Here’s a tiny bit of the latest animation:
*Someone with unquenchable curiosity and a mastery of more than one area of study…aka a multifaceted nerd.