Rock Solid Bodies

Hinging off my Gym Series–an investigation of this peculiar, stage-like environment where there is a hyperawareness of our bodies in a private yet public space—Rock Solid Bodies is an offshoot of wearable sculptures that allows my paintings to be brought to the streets. Unrestricted by conventional gallery spaces and large canvases, I aim to play with the absurdity of having a “rock solid” gym body by making one out of it.

Channel inlay is a form of metalsmithing akin to collaging with hand-cut stones with strips or “channels” of sterling silver set between each stone. Another technique used in many of my works is a pillow inlay, where each stone is rounded and polished separately, instead of cut flush all at once. With these works, I want to reshape what wearables can have the potential to do, serving as a conversation piece outside of traditional contemporary art spaces.

Body Language Collection (and other Figuration)

With semi-abstracted figurative elements, my Body Language Collection explores the nuances of non-verbal communication in how we express emotions like melancholy, grief, irritation, or happiness.

While I’ve always been intrigued by the figure, body language has become more important now more than ever in a masked-up post-COVID world where we have to resort to expressive eyes and body language to read into each other’s emotions.

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