My career as an artist has been guided by spaces, place and visual content with in my immediate surrounds. The focus of my work is the aesthetic value found in urban and industrial decay. To date this has meant looking to culture, traditional lifestyles and visual references of the land and sea to build a visual vocabulary for creating by jewellery.
This selection of work features two closely studied locations: Halifax’s well-known legal wall the “Graffiti Pit” and the Town of Lunenburg. The ignored aspects of their visual appeal (whether it is crumbling cement, peeling paint, rusted metal, corroding wires or unearthed objects) become re-presented to reveal a new perception of beauty. I incorporate the common house fly as a universal signifier of decay creating narratives with in my work.
Not everything is shiny and new but everything has a physical history defined by its existence. Although the shiny newness of polished aesthetic fields easily draws our attention and praise, all objects, even those mired in decline or marred by death have narratives worthy of our gaze.