Found Object Jewelry
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Shea Yetta’s southern roots are deeply tangled in the heart of New Orleans. Her art reflects the city of New Orleans style, eclectic mix of old and new, and at times can be a little off center.
“I have had a true obsession with art for as long as I can remember. It started with drawing as a small child, led to painting, and now jewelry making. My art professor helped me understand that I was more of a sculptor and was trying to create something other than paint on canvas. That was the birth of my style. . . using found objects and any type of recycled materials combined with canvas and paint to create my art.”
After Hurricane Katrina, Shea found herself with nothing - no home, a displaced family, lost jobs for herself and her husband, all of her art work and collectables destroyed, no photos, no cars, and the list goes on.
“I had once surrounded myself with things I loved, and in an instant they were gone.” Thankfully, her husband, also an artist, went to their destroyed home and gathered up pieces of their past from the debris. The items stayed in storage for three years until Shea was able to go through the boxes and create again this time in a totally new direction.
Each piece of Shea’s jewelry is a methodical blend of glass, scrap metal, found objects, recycled materials, and previously loved fragments - all refurbished from her past and present. Each piece has a story.