For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by miniaturization. When I was a child, I loved doll houses. As a young adult, I collected antique birdcages that looked like tiny mansions. I have always loved architectural models and imagining myself as a miniature human walking through them. Bonsai intrigue me.
Additionally, I have also always been fascinated by Asian art. My art often combines the two concepts – miniaturization and Asian aesthetics. Zen Gardens, which offer a microcosm of the macrocosm, use miniaturization to invite contemplation.
Similarly, my pieces invite contemplation through miniaturization. They use many earth-referencing metaphors. If one looks carefully, one can see mountains in gemstones, rivers in sterling silver textures, and light sparkling on ocean waves in glass beads.
As I design, I consciously embark on miniature journeys through the terrain I have created. I invite the viewer to join me and engage in an intimate conversation about the natural world. Each piece is my interpretation of a Zen Garden that can be worn.
Another way I relate to miniaturization is through the words of William Blake, who said, “Infinity in the palm of your hand.”