- Kinetic Art
- 10 Ruminations
Through my work, I explore aspects of creation and the subjective nature of our relationship with reality through symbolism, geometry and form. I am interested in the recurring geometries in nature as a metaphor for the act of creation.
Its symbolism is still used as an amulet to bind lovers together, attract luck or wealth, and protect us from evil. Jewelry is the armor we live in.
My current work focuses on kinetic jewelry and using the interaction with the body as a metaphor for active participation in the process of growth. My Fidgets series are pieces that represent or enable the repetitive hand motions often referred to as fidgeting. These motions have multiple functions in our lives.
Sometimes they are an expression of anxiety and the repetitive motion is seen as a self- soothing technique. Having a long personal history with anxiety and depression, I use these objects as a way to demarginalize and destigmatize those who suffer with these conditions. This work creates a dialog about these topics but also illustrate how feelings of anxiety and depression are universal. Nearly everyone can relate to nervous habits and fidgeting and this helps to remove the stigma and “otherness” associated with mood disorders.
Studies have indicated that the act of fidgeting, is a response by our bodies aid in concentration. By keeping our body busy, it allows our mind to focus on the task at hand. Considering this the Fidgets become a tool to aid in concentration. Within the context of an artist, it aids in the creation process. With habitual use, the movements can become ritualistic, transforming these tools into amulets.
I use a variety of traditional and contemporary techniques to create my jewelry. Most of my pieces are either in part or entirely designed on the computer using 3-D modeling software and are cast using the lost wax process with dates more than five thousand years. I also hand finish all of my pieces. I frequently include style elements that allude to antique jewelry. This fusion of the antique and contemporary, handmade and machine made, echo the dichotomies we are all faced with every day.
Fibonacci Orchid – Kinetic Ring
In My Time – Kinetic Brooch
What Would She Do?