Marzee Graduate Prize 2005 and 2008
Beauty might be seen as vain, but I find it interesting to contrast beauty with the unpleasant, serious and not so nice. My jewelry holds ornamental stories that entice you into a suggestive world full of detail; sometimes beautiful but also melancholic and malevolent. The sad and disgusting can also be something beautiful. I use beauty to get the viewers attention, but there is so much more that I would like to convey other than beauty. Human weaknesses and underlying defense mechanisms are often themes that recur in my work. I try to keep an open attitude to methods and materials as I find my way to new techniques, combinations and approaches, but simultaneously always strongly rooted to the past.