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Dopamine Dreams (front)
Dopamine Dreams (front)
Silver, amazonite, citrine, glass beads, resin, ink, microscopic images on polymer.
3.75” L x 1.25” W
2021

These colourful earrings are lightweight and easy to wear. The central microscopic graphic is printed on a 1/16” polymer backing. This graphic changes from front to back, to show a pop of colour as the earring dangles from the earlobe. A resin coating on both sides deepens the colour and mimics the polished surface of the adjacent stones.

The graphic on the front is a microscopic image of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with motivational salience. On the back is copper chloride, a chemical compound with industrial uses ranging from metallurgy to agriculture, and photography to wood preservation.