2019 - Present
I create work as a means of working through past traumas and coping with major depression. The translation of my inner turmoil into objects of adornment acts as a therapeutic process of expressing that which is often difficult to discuss. Events from my past; abusive relationships, abandonment, and sexual assault, have shape who I am today. Through the process of creation, I am able to find closure and growth. What I am presenting are psychological scars; the remnants of old wounds that will forever be a part of me.
Objects of play
This work was initially conceived through my research into play theory, focusing on the process of play and its relation to my studio practice. But once the pandemic took hold, I began to reexamine the significance of play as we seclude ourselves in quarantine. As children we would see the playground as a safe place to play and interact with other kids, but in light of the current circumstances, such a place has been deemed a health hazard. I wanted to create a small series that was both enjoyable to make and one that captured the visual aesthetic of the playground. The finished wearable objects serve as a reminder that although we are separated from one another, we still have the ability to play and have fun.