SHIBUMI GALLERY MAY 7TH - JUNE 2022
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.