Memory, memorial, superstitions, heirlooms, amulets and shrines are interconnecting themes which inspire and inform my work be it jewellery or large-scale installation. I now realise I am striving to discover the symbolic significance of objects in peoples lives whether they be personal, religious, cultural or universal. Stemming from a fascination with recording my own personal history I am interested in the relationship people have with certain objects and how they influence behaviour and belief through their material meanings.I choose to interpret these influences both symbolically and visually in my work.
Using themes and imagery from my own collection of family heirlooms I combine materials like feathers, leather, wood, silver and stones that are printed with delicate traces of memory. Personal memory and reference to a lost time are constant threads running through the work and background concepts, which inspire both the jewellery and photographic collaborations.There are many symbolic undertones in the work and explore ideas that memory, myth and story telling sit closely together. Memory can frequently cross over, fragment and often merge with myths, dreams and imagination. Some of the photographs deliberately set out to undermine people’s sense of normality whilst creating a dream like state of escapism.
The objects created for the shoots reference the idea of the heirloom; objects and spaces from the past reinvented in a contemporary way yet retaining their sense of history and attachments. Objects that evoke a sense of superstition or amuletic protection particularly fascinate me and will reoccur throughout the work. All items of jewellery and artwork are available to commission or special order. I am also available for styling and design on photo shoots as part of the ‘Seven Everything’ collaborative project. Contact us for further details.