In my current body of work I seek to examine how jewelry functions as an image, a means to construct desire and the consequence of transfer from image to object and back to image. Found images are appropriated from a variety of sources, including magazines and jewelry catalogues then printed on thin sheets of metal resembling the historical tin-type. This game of skill requires that the player complete the image by getting the jewels in the impressions. These pieces are similar to the games children once received as party favors and to game bagatelle.
Mary Hallam Pearse
Representations of nature never ‘mirror’ nature and it is not my intention to do so. My drawings and paintings are an exploration of the natural world but they are also a metaphor of the emotional, cultural and urban environment I live in.
The shapes and foliage I create rarely bear close relation to a real botanic specimen, they are not even the abstracted ‘photogenic drawing’ as John Herscheldescribed his plant prints made in 1839, but they are inspired by such works and also by fabric patterns found in prints, lace or weaves.