LAURELS OF NIKEPHOROS
One of the titles of the goddess Athena, "Nikephoros" is Greek for "carrying victory." Goddess Athena of Victory is but one of many of her manifestations, as she was the "goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill." The Laurels of Nikephoros is a celebration of learning and achievement, being one of the key pieces of We Are What Forms, a group BFA show held in Arizona State University's Gallery 100 as part of Lindsay Zike's Senior Exhibition in 2014. They are the culminating actualization of her personal and professional life to that point, truly carrying her victories through her Naval service, and academic career. They were awarded First Place in the Jewelry Category of 19th Annual international juried show, Lines Into Shapes, held by the Art Center of Estes Park Gallery. They will be featured as part of the Department of Veteran Affairs The Women Veterans Art Exhibit in March, coinciding with Women's History Month nationwide in select VA Medical Centers.
The light, airy look of the laurels is achieved by using a modified Yemenite-style filigree technique where two thin fine silver (.999) wires are twisted, flattened, and rolled into the desired shapes before being soldered into open frames made of sterling silver (.925). Lindsay first learned Yemenite-style filigree techniques from Amanda Scheutzow, a fellow ASU alumna, and current graduate student of the University of Georgia. The unique design was inspired by ancient Greek and Roman artifacts, where silver or gold leaves were shaped out of sheets of metal and then connected to a band. The substitution of filigree instead of sheet metals was inspired by Victorian-era rod iron work, especially fences and gates.