I am interested in how things are formed or made both by natural events and by man. The history and story of the environment we inhabit greatly influences my work. I reorganize materials in ways that twist how they may actually develop left to nature. Nature does some very strange and difficult to explain things and I am looking to make the viewer question the boundaries between nature and manmade. My jewelry is similar to a collected specimen, seemingly distant from where it originated but still bearing the evidence of its origin. In this body of work I hope to express my desire to understand the history of the materials that make up my work. When I say the history, it is not the factual origin or processes used to obtain these materials but the fictitious story that I have told to myself. Also, in parallel, I want to explore and try to understand my personal intuition and the need to shape these materials.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Art metal-work--Technique; Jewelry--Themes, motives; Jewelry--Technique; Nature in art
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Stevens, Daniel, "Creatures and environments" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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