Garden in the Machine

Art. 103

The ancient Greeks attributed myrtle trees to Aphrodite as a symbol of femininity and to Demeter, who presides over life and death. As a symbol it occupies both the masculine and feminine realm, exposing the social construct and ideology that is gender. The myrtle pods and other organics included in this piece were created using lost wax casting, transforming something impermanent and fragile into a permanent relic. This one of a kind brooch can be worn or displayed on a stand when not in use.