My work is a response to the state of the world around me, specifically late-capitalism and the materials of the Anthropocene. Wastefulness abounds in this society built on convenience and commerce, and as a result there are excessive amounts of resources being discarded into landfills, oceans, and the spaces in which we live. In the streets, I find metal tobacco lids, bottle caps, and other rubbish, which I manipulate into forms representing the trash that is ever-present in the landscape. These “icons” of trash function as wearable jewelry objects, meant to be worn as a badges of identity .
I also use these discarded metals to make more traditional objects of adornment, adding value and function to otherwise worthless materials. These brooches represent my anti-consumerist mentality, and are meant to question the perception of value. Ultimately, with my work I hope to raise awareness about the excess and waste of American consumerism.