Sinners and Saints is a body of work created during an Artist's residency at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design in 2011. In this series I explored the concept of polar abstractions such as good/evil, beauty/ugliness, sinner/saint that shape our perception of the world. The irony is that these "absolutes", created by our individual experiences, must exist entirely in the muddy area between black and white:
"What really interests me is the reality that each of us has formulated our own set of rules that dictate where we slot things. Our individual, familial and social histories as well as our learned and inherited mores and understandings inform these decisions. What epitomizes outstanding beauty to one can be totally negligible to another. This is across the board in terms of polar concepts and what it tells us is that there are no absolutes. We exist in grey always."
The outsized rings and jagged edges hint at the underlying vein of aggression that runs through this body of work. Normal concepts of "preciousness" are challenged by my choice of materials and techniques used in Sinners and Saints: Brass, Bronze, copper, raw minerals including Nova Scotian quartz, amethyst and citrine as well as silver make up much of the series. I created my own style of bezel settings to accommodate the irregular shaped quartz crystals and I used cuttlebone casting to achieve the rough texture of my arrowhead.
The Arrowhead pieces have become a staple in my commercial jewelry practice and are worn by a variety of characters including actors Caleb Landry Jones and Dot-Marie Jones. The Raw Citrine Pendant lives in a tangle around the neck of French performer Soko.