I gravitate towards objects that carry a social currency, which is constantly being negotiated. I see the glass bead as a unit of cultural worth: an actualization of value, which can be deciphered in many different ways.
The primary material used in the work is glass. I have chosen this material for it’s ubiquitous presence in contemporary western culture, as well as it’s link to many other disciplines and histories. Glass lenses and windows comprise microscopes, telescopes, cameras and screens that extend our ability to perceive. We live in an environment surrounded by glass, and it is through this material that we, quite literally, see the world.
Glass, also used to simulate precious and semiprecious materials, raises the question of mimesis. Each color in the palette connects to stories of supply and demand: the history of the commerce of cultural objects.
Relying heavily of the language of painting and drawing (line quality, color relationships) and also drawing from the vocabulary of object-making (balance, weight, volume) I have attempted to create a hybrid aesthetic language which allows me to access multiple histories simultaneously.
These points of reference anchor the work and serve as a starting point for considering these objects in the context of visual philosophy and storage medium for values and ideas. These are just as much objects to think with as they are carriers of social and cultural meaning, which is why many of the pieces have two positions: active- when displayed in relation to the body, and at rest – in a more formal sculptural configuration.