My work is inspired by
my experiences, intermingling metalsmithing techniques
and design with various artistic traditions from around
the world. Inspired by the cultures I’ve encountered
during my travels, I work with intrinsic materials,
combining the traditional with the unexpected to elevate
their status and reassign their function as jewelry.
My works explores the conceptual play of material and
meaning. Travel photography and vintage snapshots serve
as mementos that embody the present reality. In one
group of pieces, photographs of architectural antiquity
are transformed into body adornment. In another group,
paper money used as an Asian ceremonial offering of
currency for the dead, transcends its original function
and serves as an evocation of metal and the sentiments
of mourning. Through the juxtaposition of materials
that may be perceived as incompatible, I combine the
transparency of hot glue with the luster of silver to
create a piece of subtle shifting color and texture.
This intermingling of a lowly material and a precious
metal elevates the perception of the hot glue through
its encounter with the silver.
Pushing the boundaries of traditional techniques, I
have experimented with materials such as inlaying Kingfisher
bird feathers in unconventional ways as well as using
unorthodox binding methods like melting monofilament.
I have developed pieces through creative processes that
connect mind and hand, and abstract ideas and tangible
forms, in the medium of jewelry.
I also reference familiar symbols like the phoenix
which are rearranged to create new silhouettes and meanings.
Graphic elements, for instance, are layered to create
textures, while old photographs may portray events but
as well as a sense of action. Through these methods,
I create new context.
My pieces are complete objects on their own but are
enhanced when they are worn—they integrate with
the wearer by reflecting and shadowing a person’s
body and movements. This is a pivotal moment and expresses
a creative continuum from the inception of a work to
its material explorations to the dynamic experience
of the jewelry on the human form.