Artist Statement:The inspiration for my collection stems from my love for the ocean. I am investigating human’s connection to the environment by researching our relationship to coral reefs as an example of how we are connected to the world. I am specifically looking into this time called the Capitalocene and how climate change is bleaching coral. I have approached my research from a posthumanist perspective, decentralising the human, viewing humans and the environment as equal. My research sees human as being natural and that technological development is crucial for creating an ecological future. I challenge a mindset stuck in a humanist world view. This research is practice based therefore I am exploring connections in my practice. I use biomimicry in my design method where I investigate my connection with coral through shape investigation. This is where I find my form inspiration. The materials I use are also connected to my research seeing as I use porcelain and 3D printed CAD designs, these materials are applicable because some coral reefs are being 3D printed in ceramics in the attempt to save reefs from extinction.
My investigation also explores the relationship between the viewer and the jewellery by allowing the viewer to interact with the jewellery. Many of my pieces contain thermochromic and photochromatic properties. The object changes colour with exposure to heat or UV rays. The heat of the water temperature/UV light is a symbol for the heat of climate change and our force to climate change is a symbol for the force of applied heat/light in the interactive jewellery collection.