THE PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN JEWELRY
JUDGE: KATHARINE PADULO
My work begins outside, observing the landscape. As I collect items from nature, I encapsulate these organic specimens in an attempt to preserve the most ephemeral aspects of life and 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 with precious metal and gems. As these specimens are taken out of the context of their natural environment, they become objects of curiosity. Adorning the body allows me to create an intimate dialogue with the wearer. As we carry these objects with us, we pay homage to the land we evolved from and invite others to do the same.