I am an installation, sound, and adornment artist who has been integrating handmade paper into my work for the last fifteen years. My distinctive paper jewelry emerged first as miniature three-dimensional models
for a large permanent sculpture installed at Macalester College in 2003.
Originally from Iowa, I studied studio art at Macalester College. In 2005, I began integrating my sculptural objects into video, sound, installation and performance projects
while at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My jewelry business took root unexpectedly. Entranced by the artistic potential and environmental poignancy of the vast white expanses at the bottom of the world, I began a job with the United States Antarctic Program. During two Austral summers from 2006-2008, I honed my jewelry craft while creating adornments by headlamp, on my lap, and in little hallway nooks on Ross Island, Antarctica. In February 2008, I relocated to Seattle.
Inspired by our relationships to the natural and architectural environment, I create jewelry objects that make visible our interactions with structure and movement. My adornments are performative sculptures for ones ears, architecture for the body.
I look closely at our often unnoticed everyday lives: telephone wires suspended amidst tall evergreens, the negative space stretching between two neighboring skyscrapers. Using cold-form fabrication, I build organic and geometric wire forms that pare down these environments to simple line modules. These non-soldered jewelry structures move independent of one another, dancing on the ears, neck and wrists of the wearer. Like leaves on a tree limb, my adornments punctuate the wearers movement and expression.
You can find my adornments at museums, museum stores and galleries
nationally and internationally including: CODA Museum (Apledoorn, Netherlands), Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC), San Francisco MOMA (San Francisco, CA), Patina Gallery (Sante Fe, NM) and Seattle Art Museum (SAM) to name a few.