DebraAbrams

My work is created primarily of sterling, textured, and then inlaid with a vast array of found, new and re-purposed materials; all of which are embedded in a matrix of black polymer.
My inspiration comes from the act of collecting, and from my desire to liberate these imprisoned treasures from the tiny glass jars in my studio. Settings are created for these tiny objects; the shapes of the settings reflecting  forms observed in nature and architecture. Newly re-combined, these collected treasures can be experienced in an entirely different context. Whether they are pearls from a supplier, glass shards from a scrap box, or black sand from a remote beach in Iceland, they are set in silver and gold as respectfully as if they were gems, ready to shimmer anew.