Do It Anyway

This shirt button is made from my mother's wedding ring. I made it while reflecting on emotional recklessness and what it means to responsibly navigate doubt and the desire to end a relationship. My parents divorced when I was in 7th grade. While growing into adulthood and navigating my own relationships, I think about how often we are unsure but forge ahead anyway, folding in partners and children into a reckless situation.

Looking at my parent's divorce, and specifically the selfish acts of my Father as he attempted to understand the root of his needs and desires, I question the encouragement in the mantra of 'follow your heart' and why our society romanticizes the bravery of burning others in the pursuit of our truth. In a similar fashion, this button takes a valuable and sentimental object and minimizes it to something that could easily be lost. As I wear this irreplaceable button, does it make me look reckless or brave? 


Thanks Mom for being a great sport, and special thanks to Judy O'Donnell, the staff instructor at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center. This piece is named in homage to the song Do It Anyway by Ben Folds Five.