Heal Your Fingers From Bareness With A Michelle Lopez Band-Aid Ring
I'm not stuck on Band-Aid, folks, but I'm most certainly stuck on Michelle Lopez's new Mini Band-Aid Ring (pictured above). The 31-year-old, Brooklyn-based sculptor —whose work has bee showcased at New York City's Simon Preston Gallery, MOMA PS 1, and Studio Museum of Harlem art spaces, and San Francisco's Gallery Paule Anglim, among others — designed these bandage-shaped, sterling silver rings as an extension of her initial Band-Aid Ring collection, which featured larger pieces that could sit anywhere along the length of the finger. These, on the other hand, are designed for wear closer to the knuckle, as a subtler and quainter version of the original designs unveiled during the 2010 holiday season.
Seven Mini Band-Aid style rings are available, with each style limited to an edition of 50 pieces. All the rings resemble the adhesive nylon cloths we've all used to cover scrapes, cuts, burns, and blisters, and hence feature tiny perforation details along their lengths that mimic the bandages' ventilation holes. Rather than having seamless circular shapes, the bands feature two overlapping edges mirroring the look of a looped bandage. The top and bottom rims, meanwhile, appear a bit jagged and unsmooth, adding to their authenticity (few people could create a perfect circle when sticking a Band-Aid around a finger).
When creating the collection, Lopez was inspired by the idea of healing, wanting to bring attention to the fact that, while we may endure unexpected injuries, our wounds can typically be mended with just a bit of time and patience. The rings, then, celebrate the wonders of the human body and, moreover, the perseverance intrinsic to the human spirit.
Prices range from $150 to $225. To purchase, visit ArtwareEditions.com