Natural vs. Material
A key theme in my work is the juxtaposition of the natural and material worlds
In so many ways, life imitates the earth: city lights echo the sun; manufactured sequins mirror a watery landscape’s iridescence; printed fabrics on runways feature flora and fauna… My work often explores how nature creates an awe-inspiring foundation for people, and in turn how people make beautiful things from their imagination to fulfill themselves.
As a former advertising art director, I’m fascinated by beauty in its many definitions and forms. I’m especially drawn to bold elements in pop culture: modern restaurants with unusual architecture, impactful typography and text treatments, luxury fashion designs by Mary Katrantzou and Alexander McQueen, and mind-bending exhibits, such as Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim.
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This tension between natural and man-made shows up in my art in subtle ways — like a synthetic Lucite frame encasing a nature-inspired work of art — to more overt examinations. In recent mixed-media, I incorporated a vintage Gucci scarf featuring a floral print, inspired by a Botticelli painting and originally made for Grace Kelly — combined with nature-inspired references like glitter and actual elements from nature: butterflies and leaves. All meant to provoke reflection, both for me and the viewer.