The strength of bones is dictated by the engineering that human beings are
unable to replicate. Perfectly adapted to their application. What would be the
simplest , most effective way to wrap a finger in metal? What is the most
comfortable and appealing necklace that is possible to make? Seashells are
formed in a perfect spiral unbeknownst to the mollusk that is forming it one
layer of calcium carbonate at a time.
The perfection of inadvertent engineering is lost on the modern human. Primitive
man understood natural lines. The teepee is the most logical way to build a
dwelling when you have leather and wood, and that is all that you have. A
wigwam on the Mississippi delta would withstand 100mph wind and that was 500
years ago, and now we are decimated by a hurricane. Mankind has lost touch with
the origins of their organic thinking.
We are surrounded by square forms, and concrete. The elegance of the curve in a
seedling sprouting from the earth is no longer a familiar form in the
collective consciousness of western man. Jewelry now emulated man's other
achievements. the wheel, the parallelogram, the triangle. None of these are
found in nature. We buy meat in grocery stores, we eat plants that are washed
of dirt, our diets are unwrapped from cardboard and tin cans. We have lost our
connection to the natural world in a real meaningful way.
I am a mammal, a hunter, a hairless monkey that is struggling to find god in the
constant search for the most pleasing form. What shape will be accessible for
man on every continent, at every point in history? It is not a period in art
that gives me pause and humbles me by thoughts of my existence, but the
enormity of the ocean, and the perfection of waves. It is the glow of a sunset
and the rise of the moon. A lotus flower is symmetrical, and it does no know
why. What does it mean that I am able to contemplate that? Why have I been
granted the gift of expression?
Success is of course futile, and yet I am unable to stop the search for that
which is impossible. Bamboo is stronger than steel, and a seashell will remain
more magical than one of my pieces, but the yearning is where you find your
"Artistic inspiration. The genesis of an idea to something in three dimensions
is what keeps me going. It's all about getting people in touch with the primal
human urge to make one's self more attractive by decoration. I'm just caught up
in the concept that jewelry is culturally universal, and accessible to people
on every continent. "