Waste has the ability to convey memory, emotion, and history. It is the silent witness to our lives. Trash emits feelings of abandonment, disrepair, and disarray. In my current work, I feel the need to rectify trash’s neglected condition. I recognize that waste devoid of function and intrinsic material value can still be appreciated as artifacts of our material culture.
Exploring the aesthetics and the evocative nature of waste, I create jewelry pieces using found objects that illustrate and exemplify the appeal of discarded, everyday trash. By presenting refuse in the intimate and personal format of jewelry, I ask the viewer to reflect upon their relationships to objects and things. My hope is that through these pieces I am able to bring attention to the disregarded remnants of life encountered in everyday urban living.