My work combines organic found objects, blown glass, and fabricated metal elements to preserve and display the most ephemeral aspects of life. Captivated by nostalgia, I collect and compose items from nature in an attempt to observe our universal mortality. I am not interested in re-creating the "likeness" of these specimens in my work. Instead, I am interested in sustaining the fleeting beauty found in nature. I am the artist as alchemist; transforming organic material directly into precious metal; encapsulating specimens in blown glass tubing and vessels.
Adorning the body allows me to create an intimate dialogue between the objects and wearer. Carrying these objects on our person allows us to pay homage to the land we evolved from and invites others to do the same.
These specimens have an inherent fragility; they have been designed to return to the land. By encapsulating these specimens, I am not only protecting them, but I am also providing a home for these objects to live in outside of their natural environment. As these specimens are taken out of context, they become objects of curiosity.1