Personal Training is a series of wearable, device-like sculptures crafted using jewelry-making techniques. Each piece acts on the body in a different way, restricting or altering it in order to enact behavioral and psychological modification. They are manifestations of the insecurities that drive us to impose destructive mechanics onto ourselves. By transferring the intangible to the physical, I change the relationship we have with our perceived negative traits and expose the toxic masochism that accompanies certain mental illnesses, namely depression.
Contact – my eyelids are pried open as the chains that dangle in the periphery of my vision force me to maintain eye contact
Suck It In – twin bars press the flesh of my cheeks between my teeth, making it impossible to chew
Chin Up – an adjustable rod drives a wedge between my chin and sternum and holds my head in an upright position
Worn together, Contact, Suck It In, and Chin Up become Self Control