Rebecca Schena
Jewelry and metal art objects

A Purple Picket Fence

Purple Picket Fence is a reversible brooch based on my family’s collective transition as a result of my sibling coming out as queer, and their subsequent transition. The placement of the pin mechanism allows for the brooch to be worn with either a polished, unassuming silver exterior or a colorful, non-normative interior facing outwards. The brooch is able to “pass” when the safety of the wearer is in question, or reveal its true identity in secure company.

Sterling silver, resin, steel, glass beads, hair

2018

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 We tried being a white picket fence family, and it worked for a while. We were two little girls in matching dresses and striped, fleece jackets from The Children’s Place. Mom made brownie batter and dad brought home the dough. But you can’t be a white picket fence family when one little girl turns out not to be a little girl and everyone is in therapy. There is no room for purple, green, pink, or orange inside of a white picket fence.   So we became a purple picket fence family: we kept the structure but gave it a fresh coat of paint.

We tried being a white picket fence family, and it worked for a while. We were two little girls in matching dresses and striped, fleece jackets from The Children’s Place. Mom made brownie batter and dad brought home the dough. But you can’t be a white picket fence family when one little girl turns out not to be a little girl and everyone is in therapy. There is no room for purple, green, pink, or orange inside of a white picket fence.

So we became a purple picket fence family: we kept the structure but gave it a fresh coat of paint.

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