Anatomical Sculptures Made of Crystals Explore Themes of Love and Loss

Sculptures by Debra Baxter

Debra Baxter, “Catch Your Breath,” alabaster, bronze, and druzy snow chalcedony, 2021

If you could give grief a physical form, what would you choose? That's one of the questions Debra Baxter tries to answer in her solo show, Love Tears. The artist and jewelry designer merges geodes, metal, wood, and glass in surreal sculptures that explore complex human emotions, like love and loss.

Baxter began creating these works to commemorate a friend who had passed away. This period of mourning made her contemplate how to memorialize things that are essentially ephemeral in nature. “There’s inevitable pain in every form of love,” Baxter explains. “I’m fascinated by the ways in which we decorate this grief and mourning, and I wanted to see how far I could push myself with balancing the immediate, often ornate, demonstration of loss, and my use of permanent materials. This is about loss and legacy.”

While some of these pieces take on a figurative form, such as a pair of lungs or a heart, others are abstract representations of feelings. Love Hard, for instance, features a human heart made of blown glass resting atop a pedestal of white quartz. These two materials are not only known for their longevity, but also for their fragility. So, by transforming these delicate mediums into a part of the human anatomy, Baxter highlights the vulnerability of our own hearts. Similarly, Golden Heart (Almost) is a bronze and crystal representation of the heart that highlights the beauty of deep, and often painful, emotions.

You can now see Baxter's art in person at the form & concept gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico through January 15, 2022. Keep up to date with her latest projects by following the artist on Instagram.

Artist and jewelry designer Debra Baxter creates amazing sculptures using a combination of rocks, metal, and glass.

Sculptures by Debra Baxter

Debra Baxter, “Holding It Together,” bronze and amethyst, 2021

Her exhibition, Love Tears, is now on view at the form & concept gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico through January 15, 2022.

Sculptures by Debra Baxter

Debra Baxter, “Crystal Brass Knuckles (Forever),” sterling silver and quartz, 2021

Sculptures by Debra Baxter

Debra Baxter, “Love Hard,” glass and quartz, 2020

Sculptures by Debra Baxter

Debra Baxter, “Heart of Gold (Almost),” bronze and clear crystal, 2020

Sculptures by Debra Baxter

“Debra Baxter, “See No Evil,” alabaster and green onyx, 2020

Sculptures by Debra Baxter

Debra Baxter, “Ear to the Ground,” alabaster and glass, 2020

Sculptures by Debra Baxter

Debra Baxter, “Marrow of My Bone,” glass and bone, 2021

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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