1/2″ x 2″, found objects
As we try to follow the advice to stay 6 feet apart from each other I keep remembering an exhibit that I loved at the Museum of Science when I was young. It showed the size of the “personal space” that different cultures expected, and had circles drawn on the ground to represent the personal space from many different countries. You could stand in the center of one and see how far apart people in England stand compared to people in Mexico or China. Having lived in two different countries by then it made a lot of sense to me, and having moved around the world a lot since then I always think of it when people squish together on public bus seats or try very hard not to let their hand touch someone else’s elbow during rush hour. This pendant is a visualization of the rings of space that we each have around us. At the same time that it feels isolating, I’m trying to find what’s beautiful in defining our own personal space.