wood and sterling silver
9 x 7 x 4cm
I perceive the world, whether a single object or an event, to be made of simple, routine incidents or fundamental elements. However the combination of these components or sequence of events creates a complicated, unique, unexpected world and this leads to a different experience. I learnt this concept through observing nature, particularly exploration of the botanical form. I enjoy utilising what I see in nature to shape a new identity. I extract elements such as shape, colour, and texture from nature. I rely on my intuitive approach to the characteristic qualities of the material to realise images, emotions and stories in obscure metaphorical forms so that viewer/ wearer can engage the work with their own interpretation. This work (brooch) Botany 1 is a composition of a number of contrasting elements from the perception of the natural world. Industrial and organic, monochrome and colour, linear and curved, single and multiple, dull and bright. Even though the contrasts are made up of apparent opposites, they complement one another and bring out the quality of each. They are both necessary to emphasize each other. I extend this view to include human ideas, values and beliefs. Good and evil, happiness and sadness, hope and despair.