Tracey Beale plays with fire. The jewelry artist, vocalist, and program manager for the Baltimore Museum of Art is constantly thinking about metal—its malleability and changeability when heated are attractive to her, but so is its permanence. Beale understands the role that jewelry plays in families and hopes her work will be worn by one person and passed on to others over time as an heirloom. “What is jewelry without the body?” she asks. “It becomes something completely different. People wearing the work is just as important as the work itself.” When tied to memories of the wearer, jewelry becomes a reminder of those who came before us, and Beale is constantly aware of working in close conjunction with legacy.
Read it today online and check out Tracey's portrait in the most recent print journal!
Words: Suzy Kopf Photos: Plaid Photo
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