Artist Statement

 

“I am hoping to find a diverse mode of thinking through our current moment in time in order to address identity, politics and social issues in new challenging and stimulating ways. I like to tell a story with my art about the impact we have on the world and people around us, and our potential to shape history while we are alive. I detect currents from the past and present and translate these through a filter of cross-cultural observations into sculpture or mixed media art. I make fingerprints of our time from my own perspective.” (2020)

 

 

The dichotomy between beauty and suffering strikes a chord. I perceive and draw parallels between the issues and merits of different countries, their cultures and borders. I investigate how reality is filtered by an individual’s past, perception and personal experience. I work through juxtapositions and contrasts to create fingerprints of our time. I strive for balance, trying to make sense of the opposing elements encountered in the cultural, political and social worlds. Exuding a balance of process and concept, my art expresses the power and frailty of perception. (2017)

 

My enthusiasm for my materials has matured over the years but not diminished. Stone and gold are as old as mankind. They record and carry the past into the present (gold is essential in microchips!). They give us cultural identity. I give them new meaning. This is how my work fuses the ancient with the contemporary in medium, technique and a fresh approach. (2016)

 

 

 

“My main media are natural stone and gold leaf  of international provenance. Both are ancient natural materials that have similar qualities yet are so different: strong, yet fragile and vulnerable. It is the contrast that draws me to these so seemingly different materials. Stone appears strong and sturdy, however, it is surprisingly fragile and brittle when worked; gold leaf is  fragile yet has such a powerful and strong impact through its luminosity. A beautiful contrast. Beautiful materials that show their vulnerability in different ways and express the power and frailty of perception.” (2012)