Marionette 01

The Key to Freedom is in His Head.

Susan Lenart KAzmer Ice Resin Museum Collection

This figure, Marionette 01 (14”L + 12”W + 8”D) was inspired by my favorite artist, Toulouse-Lautrec. I also drew from my experiences in life and childhood memories of visiting Las Vegas with my father. We stayed at Circus, Circus and what a different world that was! Such gaudiness and flamboyancy Las Vegas owned. I loved watching the obsessed, pale-faced gamblers and weary, sad women acting so joyfully. I felt discouragement, guilt, loneliness and excitement swirling around and emitting from the denizens of this seamy world. As a young girl, I felt mixed emotions watching this world. As I grew older, I was drawn to fascinating experiences like these.

This piece is the first in a new series of circus figures. Once a man, he has become an absurd circus character led around as a marionette and made to move to another’s will. We can manipulate his dance. The head I created by pouring transparent resin into a hand built mold. In it lies the only key to open the lock and free him from his bonds. In this neckpiece I used cold connections like riveting, stapling and drawing a bead, as well as soldering, to transform sterling, base metal and found objects into a lively marionette.

The Key to Freedom toured museums with an award of ‘MOST INNOVATIVE USE OF THE MEDIUM’.

The Ballerina

Circus Troupe Series, 38”L+5”W +5”D

Susan Lenart Kazmer

The Ballerina is the second in the Circus Troupe Series- a figure that will disassemble and convert to wearable jewelry. Her adornment consists of 3 rings, 2 bracelets, and 1 necklace.

If I am successful in using my medium as a voice, no written description is needed for my viewer, only the visual impact that this art piece leaves upon us. With her skeletal rib cage and one key word imprinted in her head, Pain, we begin to what she is about. Her dance skirt, a crocheted bracelet sprinkled with charms, Talismans, altered objects and ribbon, bright in color and fun to wear, as if saying, The Show Must go On. She also contains a very practical hoop skirt which is formed with a tight weave of hand hammered sterling silver and converts to a second bracelet.

Her necklace is a tassel of beadwork, text altered ribbon that can be removed and worn by releasing the key from a lock.

Last, the, Letters to my Lover Ring/prayer box sits at the very bottom of this piece and can be removed and worn. This piece, to me, with a fortune sealed inside, seems to have the same concept of prayer boxes I had seen and collected from ancient India. In India, prayers or affirmations written on paper, were inserted into boxes, sealed and worn for protection or to gain the attributes as to what was written on the in scripted paper. Letters to my Lover, ring is composed of my own hand written personal journal notes to my husband that were torn and rendered transparent. The structure is of fabricated silver wire and cold joined.

Other techniques include casting, soldering, cold join hinging, crochet, weaving and stitching.

The Opera Singer

Circus Troupe Series 16”L + 5”W + 5”D

Susan Lenart KAzmer Ice Resin Museum Collection

The OPERA SINGER is the first figure in a series of work called, THE Circus Troupe. She sits in a frame and poses as a jewelry holder. This figure carries a collection of removable and wearable jewelry. Her adornment consists of four rings, a woven thumb ring, two pairs hoop earrings, three fiber bangle bracelets, a stack of twelve sterling silver bangles and Letters to my Lover charm bracelet as her skirt. A weary but gaudy singer, worn down from life’s performances, she is composed of a woven sterling silver woven cage with a music holder as her spine. Her arms are built to lift up and down and allow removal of the stack of bracelets. Her head also can be removed by threaded attachment for release of woven ring and earrings.

Letters to my Lover, is adornment or the tutu from the Opera Singer and converts into a charm bracelet to be worn. It is a play between fragility and strength. Built from personal journal notes written to my husband, torn and rendered translucent, I applied them to sterling silver organic, hand hammered forms. Other components are cast objects, altered wire and beads.
She also contains a collection of four rings she wears as her hats. Her main piece, the Slush ring, is descriptive of who she is and composed of text altered fiber, a cast silver component and dictionary paper. Techniques include a cold join attachment.
Materials used are sterling silver wire and sheet metal, resin, fiber, feathers and paper. Techniques used are solder and cold join metal techniques, casting, weaving and stitching.

Vaudeville Marionette

Marionette Series

Susan Lenart KAzmer Ice Resin Museum Collection

The Performer

Circus Troupe Series

The Acrobat

Circus Troupe Series