I have always been attracted to incorporating once functional and living objects into my work. I am always picking up old washers, coins, and bike chains off the street, and adding tusks, teeth, or vertebrae to my jewelry. I am interested in synthesizing seemingly out-of-place objects with natural elements.
An old bolt and screw, gemstones, and snake vertebrae together can tell the story of people and their relationship with the world. At first one might feel an anomaly to old railroad nails and bullet shells next to a sparkly piece of jewelry. These anomalies that I create, however, are only telling the truth of humanity: Mixed, jumbled and then piled into life on Earth. This concept is never old to me, and just as life is not as organized and delicate as a strand of pearls, neither is my jewelry.
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