PEANUT PUDDLE

 Even the most mundane of objects we interact with take on a memory of our touch. The distinctive manner in which a hand breaks a peanut shell versus an animal is visibly recorded and incites a narrative in our minds.  The corner filled with discarded shells, is a 21st century fossil, unveiling the mundane interaction with an object that recalls the touch of it’s owner.

 

ACCUMLEREN

Objects  Sterling silver, cast in place found objects, brass.  Cast.  April 2013

By teaching things to others that were once taught to us, we revive personal memories. This exchange of knowledge is one of the most valuable experiences two generations can share.  Interestingly, when these traditional skills clash with contemporary ones, they are transformed. Each new evolution is piled onto the last, until the original experience is disguised and distorted beyond recognition    

 

TALUS

Object and ring.   Cast Iron, Carbon Steel.  March 2013

Reminiscent of raw minerals, or jagged rocks at the base of a cliff- Talus represents is the anxiety of being in a new situation and feeling removed. The wearer of this ring is immobilized, suspended above the situation and given space to determine if the shiny allure is worth risking contact with alien territory

 

ETERNUS

Nugold brass, found objects, ancient bronze, raw and electroformed bone, sterling silver

 

Eternus, Latin for Eternal, pays homage to earthly beings that lived fruitfully in their habitat, before reaching their inevitable demise.  This hybrid of bird species stands to be something speculatively more powerful than it’s own capacity.

Inspired by ancient cultures with strong belief in the concept of Immortality, such as the Ancient Egyptians and Native Americans; as well as animal taxidermy, a contemporary practice of memorializing life.  Eternus, unfit for a stagnant preserved existence, spawned into an immortal, bionic creature.  The head of the bird is a ring, which fits precisely into the standing sculpture, but is a separate, wearable piece.  When the bodice of the bird is removed and worn, the creature lives on through the livelihood and mobility of its wearer.