With subtle surface textures, contrasting forms and lines, alternative materials and mark making, my jewelry is inspired mostly by the often banal forms found in everyday life that I enjoy scaling down and giving new life to. This creates potential to stir a memory, create a connection or incite dialog. A doorway in some ancient ruins, a tide pool, a pile of cardboard boxes or the worn strips of a crosswalk. Everything is potential. Natural forms, the built environment, Japanese design and innumerable fine artists inspire me. Through the simultaneously stubborn and yielding medium of metal, I coax miniature sculptures that are exceedingly wearable but definitely not ordinary.
I’m intrigued by natural processes that obscure and age surfaces, and by imperfect and unpredictable forms because they reflect our own flaws that are often hard for us to accept. I'm not interested in creating perfection, but instead, celebrating those very flaws where true beauty lies. Though I sketch and make paper models, my process is more intuitive, resulting is a rustic elegance that betrays the process, inviting discovery and interpretation.
A career graphic designer, I took up metalsmithing in 2015, a midlife pull to create a body of work that manifests the motifs, imagery and forms I’ve always been drawn to. As a lifelong crafter, I lean towards creative endeavors that have a practical function, which is where jewelry comes in. But I also maintain a painting and collage practice, and have transformed abandoned pieces of art into wearable forms.
For me, the process of creating is as important, and sometimes more so, than the actual output. I'm endlessly curious about the struggle of the artist, what holds us back and moves us forward. It requires as much conscious action as it does letting go, so much that I relish the happy accidents that come from mistakes. But this took a long time. One benefit of reinvention is that you get to bring to the table all the wisdom you've acquired and leave the rest at the door.
Where to Buy
Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.