My work is an investigation into the identity politics of objects, especially trash and other discarded materials. In the streets, I find crushed metal tobacco tins and other rubbish, indicative of the people who used and discarded it, and I manipulate the material to fit my own aesthetic identity. Inspired by punk ethos, including DIY-culture and anti-consumerism, I create functional objects of adornment and add value to otherwise worthless materials.
Foraging for materials has become a regular practice in my process for making. By sourcing materials from my environment instead of purchasing them, I am able to use ready-made forms and textures that occur in the elements. Although purchasing materials would be easier and less tedious, I find that my scavenging methods express concerns on American consumerism, excess and waste.