EXPENDITURES (2015-16)

The notion of unproductive expenditure, the relationship between competitive sports and body adornment, and between luxury and wastefulness, are recurring themes in my work. I see similarities between the athletic effort and the artistic effort that is at the base of making, in that they both rely on a great type of expenditure - of material, resources, energy both psychological and physical - that isn't conventionally economical, logical or efficient. A compulsion to squandering defines my practice: making is like a big potlatch, and to me it is inextricably connected to notions of waste and consumption. 

      While the similarity among the athletic and the artistic effort is at the base of my investigation, so is the relationship of sports, their aesthetics and function, to jewellery and adornment. I look at how sports, particularly the imaginary and material culture surrounding them (from the monumentality and pathos of the Olympic Games to street sports, from haute couture and luxury to highly desirable sports gear and accessories) are powerful catalysts of ideals of body culture, affiliation, kinship and belonging, self-realisation, and escapism. In this sense, jewellery and sports function in a similar way. Expenditures considers this and more affinities, while further entangling the boundaries between jewellery-accessory-gear.