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I am interested in what jewelry can do, and the intimate nature of the object as it relates to the person, including scale.

 

I am particularly fascinated by small objects having the ability to empower someone making that person feel stronger.

 

​I am currently working on wearable art utilizing insect structures combined with forms inspired by human body parts. This direction has evolved from my interest in the way children anthropomorphize stuffed animals for security, why many children’s books have animal and insect characters, why humans have used such subjects symbolically throughout history. I like the use of these motifs since they establish emotional distance thereby eliciting a more powerful response.  Most recently I have been focusing on eastern idioms about insects believed to live within us and control our emotions. Through my process, insects are transformed into metal and glass and once-living material is put back into life, making them more permanent.