statement

 
 

Our hunger for memory is how we connect to this world. Revolving around the study, reference, and reinvention of objects that in any form service the body, my work investigates the ephemerality of our memories and how we instill them into objects. 

The core of this concept was inspired by the buildup of garbage along the banks of the Hudson River in New York. Taking the Metro North Train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Station, I became overwhelmed with visions of floating, opaque bodega bags. Two and a half hours of seeing trash be moved by wind and water, souvenirs from someone's day being blown away.  

I felt this awareness as I went through my mother's jewelry. Silk bags and velvet pouches of materialized memory. A story to be poured over every crumb of emerald or gold or charm.

My most current piece refers to themes of grief, hope, and impermanence. In the distilling process of whiskey, the evaporation of fluid is called “Angels Share” and is considered an offering. This notion has inspired a series of silver objects that abstracts the common straw into an ethereal tool for healing. Hollow tapers are filled with water; their contents spill out onto a mirrored surface, reflecting the sky and offering water - a healing substance - to the angels.

The accumulation of these objects: the plastic bodega bag, the silk jewelry pouch, the medical tool, and the heirloom charm come into play to realize a new way of holding water. Their redevelopment is here made in metal, an enduring material extracted from beneath the earth’s surface to live out its permanence above. Each piece is formed to look as if it will burst from the seam, break from the hammer’s hit, or in any way to demonstrate the defiant pull of gravity.