Rebecca Schena
Jewelry and metal art objects
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A for Effort!

A for Effort! is a series of acrylic and silver brooches that serve as merit badges for organs who are simply terrible at their jobs. As someone with a chronic heart arrhythmia, I often use humor to deal with the annoyance of the condition through sarcastically congratulating my heart on its shortcomings. The brooches take inspiration from the classroom merit stickers that are used to congratulate children on doing a "great job!" on their schoolwork, but are so over-the-top as to seem sarcastic in their praise.

Brass, sterling silver, steel, acrylic

2017

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 Arrhythmia

Arrhythmia

You Tried!

Asthma

Asthma

Great Attempt!

Mental Illness

Mental Illness

You're a Star!