Six Steps to Make a Change

This series draws inspiration from current events, first person stories, and my own experiences of watching peers suffer from addiction. I battle with myself to understand why I didn’t do more to help peers from being defeated by this disease. I realized I didn’t know they were struggling... I didn’t know how to help. Drug addiction in the US is increasing, we are living in a society of an opioid epidemic that is destroying lives, families, and communities.

This body of work is a response to this condition, a series of six fabricated metal rings; each represents one of the steps to make a change. In this series, the steps to making a change are applied to begin recovery from substance addiction. The process of making a change includes; pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and termination. I represented each step by creating an interactive mechanism that visually and physically expresses each step through metal. I want the participants, to gain a better understanding of the difficulties to stay sober and the challenges faced to complete the journey to sobriety.

I have chosen to rename each of the six steps to further expresses my understanding of the process of change; Unknown, Discussion, Plan, Action, Maintain, Conquer. In conjunction to the interactive mechanism, I have connected a statistic about addiction that relates to the step. For example, Maintain, the wearer of the ring has to balance a rod that rests in between two sheets of metal that makes up the profile of ring; symbolically to represent sobriety. When and if the rod falls to either side, it is not balanced — signifying relapse. On one end of the rod is a single red stone, while the ring shank has 9 natural speckled stones of various colors to convey the 1 in 10 people that will experience addiction in their lives.

I hope that my pieces can help people to understand the steps to recovery in a different way — as if they were trying to complete the steps themselves.

Step one - Unknown

Silver, brass. 
2.5’ ’x .25’’
2018
Step 2: Discussion   
Brass, cooper, silver, enamel, steel ball, spring. 1.25’’x2.25’’x.75’’ 
2018
Step 3: Plan

Brass, nickel.
1.5’’x3’’x1.15’’
2018
Step 4: Action

Brass, Silver, jade, marcasite, steel balls.
1.75’’x1.75’’x2’’
2018
Step 5: Maintain 

Silver, brass, red jasper, marcasite, leopard skin, tigers eye.
2’’x3.5’’x1.75’’
2018
Step 6: Conquer

Silver, lathed wax casted in silver, brass, copper, enamel, glass stone.
1.5’’x2.25’’x1.5’’
2018

** Aperture is fully functional and can open and close to reveal the enameled inner cone and back set stone.

Step one - Unknown

Silver, brass. 
2.5’ ’x .25’’
2018 Step 2: Discussion   
Brass, cooper, silver, enamel, steel ball, spring. 1.25’’x2.25’’x.75’’ 
2018 Step 3: Plan

Brass, nickel.
1.5’’x3’’x1.15’’
2018 Step 4: Action

Brass, Silver, jade, marcasite, steel balls.
1.75’’x1.75’’x2’’
2018 Step 5: Maintain 

Silver, brass, red jasper, marcasite, leopard skin, tigers eye.
2’’x3.5’’x1.75’’
2018 Step 6: Conquer

Silver, lathed wax casted in silver, brass, copper, enamel, glass stone.
1.5’’x2.25’’x1.5’’
2018

** Aperture is fully functional and can open and close to reveal the enameled inner cone and back set stone.
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