Artifacts. Pieces about healing, protection and decay.
Keepsake, in pairs, was inspired by the novel Little Bee by Chris Cleave. There is a haunting section where an abducted young woman is killed. Her killer has a string of war trophies around his neck which he adds to by taking two more from her. I made this piece to heal this wound, paying tribute to the lost beauty and innocence, rather then the violence.
Interventions is an ongoing series about nurturing, protection and additions. The repair of the wishbone, the addition of metal leaves and a crocheted cover for the sticks, ornamental wood grain to the scoop and a metal protected cover for the scrap of wood.
These are an ongoing series of studies watching decay. I found these pineapple guavas on walks. I drew them at different stages of decay and on the far right, sculpted a stage in wax, electroformed then enameled them. Somehow it helps me embrace the circle of life; that the promise doesn't end.
I obviously never ate this artichoke. I found it quite beautiful past its prime, and this gives me comfort.