seen | unseen | 2009 - 2011
With this body of work, I am interested in reinterpreting organic forms, offering a metaphorical construction for shared human experience. Metalwork and ornament have a longstanding relationship with the natural world. My work is linked to this tradition, using the visual language of nature to present the viewer with an alternate perspective of the world we inhabit.
Protection, self-preservation, vulnerability, openness, reproduction, sexuality, growth, aggression, illness, decay, life and death cycles are themes I visually engage and reference. Rather than simply representing the natural world, I prefer exaggerated, artificial forms that speak of an engineered biology. My intention is to resist that which is commonly considered universal or essential, and open a dialogue about what is assumed to be “natural”.