“Athena’s Bling”: Colossal Jewels by Carla Grahn

3 Nov

Spaceworks Tacoma

“Athena’s Bling” includes 14 impressive sculptures of oversized, ornate jewelry.  For a sense of scale, the middle image contains glass doorknobs, and the pink sculpture on the right weighs 80 lbs! Spaceworks photo “Athena’s Bling” includes 14 impressive sculptures of oversized, ornate jewelry. For a sense of scale, the middle image contains glass doorknobs, and the pink sculpture on the right weighs 80 lbs!

By Lisa Kinoshita

Carla Grahn is a Seattle-based artist and metalsmith who experiments with extremes of scale, overturning viewer expectations. “Athena’s Bling”, her installation of larger-than-life jewelry at the Woolworth Windows through Dec. 10, is a highlight of Tacoma’s city-wide Metal-Urge celebration, and a tribute to the symbolic power of the jewel. “This show is ultimately about perception and perspective, finding a balance between the masculine and the feminine, and simply trying to make the world a bit prettier place,” she says.

Grahn’s exhibit gives new meaning to the term, “tons of jewelry.” Her pieces are welded, riveted and screwed with hardware components; ornate necklaces drape with literally yards of industrial-grade chain, and rings (set with “stones” as big…

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