I chose to make a traditionally light object from iron, a heavy material, emphasizing that it can no longer float. This life jacket represents the things that supposedly lift a person up, but unintentionally drag them down. It is a toddler’s size, as seeking to be saved from these things is infantile.
My next piece is the shape of my eyeliner cast in iron; it is a self-portrait. I am feminine woman, and my femininity seems out of place as an iron caster. I exaggerated the scale to a size in which it could not be overlooked, thereby weaponizing my attempt at reclaiming a piece of my femininity.