As a maker of objects, I have navigated the waters of sentiment and studied the point when an object becomes a beloved object. This often involves a transaction: a gift, a purchase, the exchange of wedding vows. It involves time. The years spent wearing (or living with) the piece – getting to know it a little more each day. In the case of a wedding ring, it requires understanding its relationship to your body, the weather, the environment, the work one does, one’s age. The Mexican essayist, poet, and diplomat Octavio Paz, in one of my favorite essays, said, “The handmade object does not charm us simply because of its usefulness. It lives in complicity with our senses, and that is why it is so hard to get rid of – it is like throwing a friend out of the house”. I am humbled that some of the objects I have made live daily with friends and strangers alike. Over the last five years of making jewelry, I’ve returned to this idea of making the quiet things that are worn daily, that are impossible to part with. What would make your list?
Come see new work and say hello to me on Saturday May 7th 4-7 pm at Shibumi Gallery on 4th street in Berkeley, CA
A bit of lore that I absorbed during a year studying in Italy was that in the city of Padua, they filter the water to catch gold. “Make work that is like trying to hold water in your hands”, a teacher of mine instructed. In both of these images, a desire to catch a fleeting, precious material, to extract the poem from an ocean of words, the gem from the mountain of rock.
The sense that material is moving is what moves me to make and unmake. A goldsmith transforms material with relative ease. Controlled flames undo most things. The pieces in this show are odes to the elements of my material alphabet. With roots in the navaratna, a jewelry object consisting of nine gemstones, this language consists of gold, rust, platinum, graphite, diamond, silk, bone, pearl, and lapis lazuli. The potential of these materials, and their connections—sometimes unexpected—to the body and to one another form the roots of these objects.