Mid-twentieth century typography and science fiction illustration has had a profound effect on my visual language from childhood. The bold use of line, color, and dramatic metaphor translate directly into my pieces, which I think of as three-dimensional illustrations. Science fiction has the power to challenge and entertain us by creating complex worlds and characters whose strangeness helps bring our own world into focus. I create pieces that speak of past optimism, present problems, and future possibilities. The wearer and viewer engage in a visual dialogue about issues of value and body adornment, and the consequences of systems of value. I also use a variety of precious, semi-precious, and common materials in construction combinations that can be surprising. The resulting aesthetic is complex, evocative, and functional. Using the hierarchy of view problem that is an issue in jewelry design, multiple views are activated in these pieces which creates an additional tension for wearer and viewer. Through scale I can experiment with notions of reality, representation, and humor that provide me with layers of perception and critique that allow my work to communicate with many different viewers. Engaging wearers and viewers in this on-going dialogue is part of my commitment as an artist to raising the status of metals and jewelry as an art form, and exploring ways in which art can be manifested in everyday life.

In my Rocket Science series, I combine the styles and forms of sci-fi pulp art with traditional objects to create one of a kind flatware, hollowware, and small-scale sculptures. I design these objects to be both functional and fun: fun to look at, to play with, and use. I try to share the core humor and enthusiasm that is part of the creation process in the making of these objects with the viewer. High craftsmanship contrasts with the playfulness evident in the work. Examples from this series include a rocket teapot and flying saucer cheese gouge in sterling silver, anodized aluminum, and gold; and a bake ware set designed after traditional scientific tools and made of copper, silver, glass, and wood. These pieces are intended to engage the user’s senses in multiple ways, and raise issues about our perceptions of utility and value in functional objects.

Lemon Zinger Teapot ©
sterling, aluminum
24" high x 7" wide x 7" deep


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