My most recent series combines flower/botanical forms with fragments of the human body in order to address the narrative of human life cycles: growth, metamorphosis, aging, death. The choice to use flower and plant forms is multi-layered. Flowers have been used throughout history as symbols of the feminine: ‘she is as delicate as a flower.’ It can be found in mythology, literature, folklore and visual art. Western culture has an intricate system of flower symbolism that has been a way for humans to express and communicate complex emotions. I am interested in using these symbolic references in order to talk about issues of gender and identity. I am interested in using traditional craft media, both for their creative properties, as well as their historical references to ‘marginal craft forms.’ Throughout this exploration, I have been working both in large-scale sculptures and drawings and small-scale wearable objects as a way to continually develop my ideas. Working on smaller objects has been a way to flesh out ideas quickly. I enjoy the dialogue that exists between large and small. My jewelry consists primarily of brooches, both because I enjoy wearing them, and they are like a miniature canvas or small sculpture.