In the English language the word Lien is defined as a debt, birthright or spleen. This word is also the surname given to my great-grandmother.
To assimilate is to assume that one has a profound understanding and has become similar to the those around them. Inherited genetics, trauma and knowledge is resistant to assimilation and feels like a vibration in the body while it works its way to the surface.
The choice to conceal and assimilate was made by my family three generations ago. This series of work addresses my desire to understand the overwhelming idea of birthright and the debts we must pay with our body and mind in order to fit in and survive. The objects are reminiscent of traditional jewelry and through each cut and soldered piece I am moving closer to my truth.