A TRIBUTE TO SYLVIA PLATH
Sylvia Plath was an American poet who took her own life at the age of 30 years. She was the first female confessional poet whose dark outlook on life was transformed into rhythmic vivid lines put from thought to paper. I wanted to go deeply into her words, her emotions, her torment and try to voice her words through jewelry. Paper, fabric and silver were chosen to implement drama that her words carryout every time they are read.
I tried to translate her life into a collection where tragedy and sadness are evident. The unsterile look of burned paper that was once full of potential when blank and unused is coiled and bunched as unfinished confessions clinging to one another as to not fade away easily but are still temporary. The manipulation of silver with her own words is a steady reminder of her sinister young mind, as if held in place but wanting to take flight. The consistent repetition seen in many ofthe pieces symbolize the unraveling of Sylvia Plath, what finally led her to her end.
Sylvia Plath's struggle to remain or vanish by her own doing is apparent in her poetry; she did not try to hide her sadness but sought refuge in words. In the end her words stung all who dared to read them. This sting stayed with me and manifested into a collection potent and dramatic much like the poet herself.
Anna Helena Van De Pol De Deus