June 2, 2020. 8:47 am
I live in downtown Cleveland. As I write this, I'm currently under "curfew." for the rest of the day– until 8pm. This will be my third day of listening to armored National Guard vehicles drive past my home and helicopters patrolling overhead. I am in this situation as a result of Cleveland riots on the night of May 30th, following a peaceful protest against police brutality and systemic racism.
Already I have been receiving messages asking if I will be turning the Cleveland storefront debris into art. It was heart-wrenching and scary watching my neighborhood get destroyed, live on Facebook, blocks away. I have friends who own businesses downtown that got hit. But this is so much more than personal property damage. I can't ignore the weight of the greater story, and it's not a weight I can take on. I will not be making art from riot debris.
If you have been following this project for some time, you may have noticed I've been quiet for about a year. I really struggle with the difficulty of running a creative business in a tenuous economy. And art is very personal. Cleveland Street Glass was truly how I adjusted to my "new normal" of living in an urban environment where my car got broken into often. Now there are new "new normals." And I need the space and time to process how I fit into this new life, and what this new life is.
With that being said, Cleveland Street Glass is being discontinued. While there is some sadness associated with this, it is ultimately a decision that frees me to process my feelings through my art again.
Jewelry with a Story
Layered with metaphors, the jewelry speaks to finding positives within the negative, displaying resilience, and how beauty exists in the broken.
At times we may feel unrepairable,
but the ability to embrace our scars and flaws is a powerful accomplishment. This jewelry serves as a reminder of self-acceptance.
A talisman of fortitude.
Strength can always be found in our actions, no matter how we may have been violated.
When Deanna moved to Cleveland from Michigan in late 2014, her car was broken into within a week. After noticing car break-ins were so common, she started collecting the glass and experimenting with creating jewelry and sculpture. Cleveland Street Glass launched in Spring 2016.