My work is driven by a child-like fascination with the natural world. There is a kind of magic in discovery that creates in us an insatiable urge to explore and examine. Life, however, has a way of distracting us from our investigations before we have even scratched the surface. A child may have singular focus on a blade of grass because, to him, that blade of grass is critical to his understanding of everything. I hope to arouse our inner child-explorers by making the pursuit personal again.
The form of jewelry is particularly suited to this because of its unique physical bond with the wearer. This unification of object and human provides the work with a distinct means of communication.
I also prefer to use techniques which directly employ the hand of the artist in the mark-making process. To me, the placement of each stitch, each hammer blow, each burn mark, is a unique fingerprint, a visible memory of intimacy. By eliminating excess visual information, narrowing the focus of each piece to only a fraction of the magnificent complexity of the object that inspired it, I hope to better emphasize this inherent connection between creator and creation.
Too often do we ignore or trivialize the vastly complicated engineering that exists within every molecule. The mere fact that such precise and predictable principles as mathematics or chemistry even exist is a testament to the supreme orderliness and intentionality of our world.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause and wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
- Albert Einstein