With my work, I gently challenge
the viewer's expectations about the coldness and rigidity of
metal. To do this, I contrast weighty metals and strong geometric
subtexts with sensually textured woven patterns, chaotic design
elements, and curvilinear shapes. Ultimately, the softness and
"gestural" movement that is intertwined throughout
this static form is suggestive of some natural pattern or human
To impact the viewer further, I utilize echo-like photographic
images of earlier works. I photographed the brooch shown and
etched this image into silver and gold sheets. This cyclical
process provides continuity between my past works and more recent
ones. In addition, if it were highly polished, the etched surface
would reflect the woven structure (which is often placed nearby).
However, the etched texture is not a reflection, but a 2-D "relief"
of the 3-D weavings--thus, the concept plays on the reflectivity
of the metal or the lack there-of.