FAMILY TREES

After living abroad in Barcelona, Spain, for a year, I returned home searching for a sense of belonging, purpose, and larger cultural identity in the expanse of vapid, pristine cul-de-sacs of my hometown. Feeling a distinct emptiness in that space, I looked to my ancestry and developed a fascination with my great-grandparents' immigration from Italy, their establishment of a family farm operated by their twelve children, and the enormous ever-expanding lineage of which I am a part.


Attachment to Place brooch by Jessica Todd


Attachment to Place brooch by Jessica ToddAttachment to Place, laser cut wood, nickel silver, stainless steel, 60" x 6" x ½", 2012


Cecarelli and Sons necklace by Jessica Todd


Cecarelli and Sons necklace by Jessica ToddCecarelli & Sons, nickel silver, brass, stainless steel, seeds, glass, photos, 15" x 5½" x ⅝", 2012


Blue Collar Medal brooch by Jessica ToddBlue Collar Medal, used clothing, brass, copper, nickel silver, stainless steel, 5" x 4¼" x ½", 2012


Ode to Noni brooch by Jessica Todd


Ode to Noni brooch by Jessica ToddOde to Noni, cotton, thread, needle, brass, stainless steel, 3⅝" x 2½" x ¼", 2013


Dear Mom brooch by Jessica Todd


Dear Mom brooch back by Jessica ToddDear Mom, brass, sterling silver, wood, photos of my mother, spray paint, 4" x 2¾" x ¼", 2017


You and I necklace by Jessica ToddYou and I, laser cut acrylic sheet, gold leaf, monofilament, brass, steel cable, 6½" x 3½" x 1½", 2012


Untitled Tracings drawing by Jessica Todd


Untitled Tracings drawing by Jessica ToddUntitled Tracings, graphite on vellum, 3" x 4" (each tracing), 2013

Traces Gulf Reliquaries brooches by Jessica ToddTraces


A Lineage book by Jessica ToddA Lineage


Perilous Home performed Jessica ToddPerformed Houses


Suburban Growth Series Jessica ToddSuburban Growth Series


Family Trees Attachment to Place brooch by Jessica ToddFamily Trees


Reclaiming the Souvenir Modern Woman ring by Jessica ToddReclaiming the Souvenir


Little Boxes Lipscomb locket by Jessica ToddLittle Boxes


Cul-de-Sac sculpture Jessica ToddInvestigations of Suburbia


Embroidery and Etching Modernisme brooch by Jessica ToddEmbroidery & Etching