Brought to Light

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung

Jewelry's place in our lives is profound. It is tangible, wearable communication. It lives with us in a way that is more intimate than most other art forms. Jewelry is worn on the body and becomes a marker of how we wish to be perceived by the world. In this way, it is deeply personal. Jewelry is the armor we live in.

Through my work, I investigate the relationship between what we express and what we wish to keep hidden. I am interested in the dichotomies within our own psyches and the multiple senses of self. I experiment with the tension between how we want to be perceived and how we see ourselves.

I use the contrast of materials and techniques to represent the tension inherent in our own internal dialog. The use of precious materials such as gold in conjunction with “disposable” materials like plastic calls the viewer to question the meaning of value and, by extension, one’s own values. The juxtaposition of contemporary technologies such as laser cutting and 3D printing with traditional techniques like enamel and keum boo becomes a metaphor for balancing one’s identity with the memories and expectations of the past.

The use of my own hair speaks to the profoundly personal nature of the work. The use of fiber techniques such as felting and references to embroidery, 19th century floral wallpaper motifs, and poisonous flowers allude to layers of internal conflict about the history of women and my place in that history.

Much of the work suggests movement and transformation. The interaction with the body becomes a metaphor for our active participation in our own personal and emotional growth. An understanding and acceptance of the parts of ourselves that we wish to deny is essential to that growth. By literally placing what we wish to hide on the outside of the body, the function of jewelry is subverted, and the difference is laid bare. I continue to explore the tenuous balance between our dueling natures through narratives, materiality, and form.