These lockets address the conformity and constriction of the American suburbs. Recognizable suburban portals of outside to inside are recreated in metal and concrete, adding physical and visual weight and reinforcing their burdensome and constrictive nature. Inside the lockets, cast silicone alludes to flesh and symbolizes the way we suppress our natural impulses in order to fit into the suburban mold, and the way that mold imposes upon us. The lockets toy with the viewer's desire to peek inside – the gap in a curtain, a peek through an open window – to attempt a glimpse at the real life breathing inside the aloof, homogeneous structures. Our homes become containers for our humanness under the inconspicuous guise of choice, individuality and democratic freedom.

Cedarhurst Little Boxes locket by Jessica Todd Cedarhurst, cast bronze, brass, copper, steel cable, concrete, silicone, 3½" x 2¼" x ¾", 2014

Newland Little Boxes locket by Jessica Todd Newland, brass, copper, steel cable, silicone, 3⅝" x 3" x ⅞", 2014

Lipscomb Little Boxes locket by Jessica Todd Lipscomb, cast bronze, brass, acrylic sheet, steel cable, silicone, 2⅜" x 2⅜" x ¾", 2014

Middlecreek Little Boxes locket by Jessica Todd Middlecreek, brass, steel cable, concrete, silicone, 4⅝" x 2⅝" x ¾", 2014

Springwood Little Boxes locket by Jessica Todd Springwood, cast bronze, brass, steel cable, glass, silicone, 4⅛" x 2⅛" x ⅞", 2014

Foxstone Little Boxes locket by Jessica Todd Foxstone, cast bronze, nugold, steel cable, concrete, silicone, 2⅞" x 2⅞" x 1⅛", 2014

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