“Fragmented Realities” is the capstone work of Maddy Schoenfeld ’20 (Metals and Jewelry Design).
“I have long been fascinated by how people interact with one another, both in person and online,” Schoenfeld said. “My goal is to make jewelry that forces interaction, whether that interaction is positive or negative is up to the wearer and the viewer. I choose to make ‘Fragmented Realities’ with primarily synthetic materials. 3D printing has given me freedom, but has also given me limitations. I’ve always said that I’m better able to think within a digital space — I’m able to draw and think quickly inside my computer but not with my own hands and a pencil. This means that the majority of this collection existed solely in a digital space until the beginning of March when it arrived at my doorstep. Very soon after it arrived, the country shut down (due to COVID-19) and I was no longer able to finish the pieces that I had been dreaming about for a year. Despite the shutdown, I was able to document some of the work while stuck in my apartment."