Winter 2015

Strolling down the Californian coastline, a small piece of beach wood caught my attention. Impulsively, I picked it up and put it in my pocket. With a few advancing steps, I realized that the beach was dotted by these wood fragments. My one piece shortly turned into a handful.
Intrigued by the texture and form of my collected treasures, my thoughts gravitated toward the conception of natural versus man-made beauty, as well as what it might mean to beautify an object. What is beauty? Is it a function of symmetry or of uniqueness? I asked myself.
Without arriving at a definitive answer, I sought out to morph the pieces – with the goal of embellishing imperfections – making the unconventional beautiful. Sanding the edges, applying silver finish, staining the pieces selectively, all the while accentuating, and yet preserving the original form. My efforts resulted in ten ornaments and a necklace. Bits of silver and geometric patterns coexisting with rough edges once torn by the sea and sand.


Photographed by Jesus Ward

Ornament detail