I’m constantly exposed to traditional jewelry for the commercial market as part of my work with my husband creating product photography for the jewelry industry. Because of the sheer amount of conventional jewelry that we constantly work with, I’ve gravitated to a more avant-garde style of jewelry crafted in the workshops of artists, I’m inspired by the creators of experimental jewelry and unusual art objects.
I am interested in exploring and discovering a new form of intellectual and alternate material-based solutions and attracted to artists who are building foundations for the modern and progressive thinking for jewelry and mixed media as a contemporary art form.
I’m always inspired by Mother Nature (the most impressive artist of all). I love organic shapes and textures and the incredible colour palette that nature provides, but I also love to mix recycled man-made materials with contrasting natural elements. I was born in the beautiful Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, and I’m always influenced by the natural beauty, colour, culture, and vibe of the island, and my life here in Florida for the last 20 years has also given me new multicultural influences – I am also always drawn to current affairs, social media, and am constantly finding ways to express the many ways they affect my day to day life and impact my art.
No one is born wearing a national flag, a religious symbol, or a socially constructed identity. We all come into life naked and, hopefully, screaming. As we move through life, however, we become affected by various influences, our communities and role models, the culture we live in, the politics and circumstances of our time and place, and the way we move through the world in reaction to these powerful forces. This mix of influences not only determines how the art is expressed but also determines how the viewer understands and interprets art.
When I make a piece, I create something that has never existed before, whether it’s found objects transformed into a mixed media assemblage, a photograph, or a piece of jewelry formed from recycled materials. I am always hopeful that through the process of excavating, discovering, and exposing my life’s influences and experiences, my art connects people, bringing understanding and perspectives that have the potential to challenge norms and expectations.