Through making I explore boundaries between self and the world – opportunities to connect memories, emotions, and everyday happenings through making, story and objects.

Positioned somewhere between object, adornment and the performative, these pieces seem out of place with expectations of the form and function of rings. Presented here,disconnected from body- familiar but odd – the sense that anxiety can bring. And when worn?

Conversation 1 ( 20/20 Vulnerability) … tension between vulnerable and awkward, between fragility and strength. Clarity. A physical reminder of ever-present unease and the irritation that anxiety sometimes likes to wear. I wonder, in current “challenging times” who will be brave enough to recognise the signs with compassion and kindness?

Conversation 3 (Incongruent) …components balance – ring upon a ring. Circle /encircle/…a circus even. Moving parts for nervous fiddling. Self – talk. Awareness. Anxiety can sometimes be a superpower!

Conversation 2 (One ring to conceal and reveal) Ludicrous propositions… fight or flight?… concealment/revealment?… with a face that likes to wear my heart on its sleeves and this body? Who am I kidding?

This work will be on exhibition at the Arts Rutherglen , Rutherglen Tastes of Art prize and show 5- 14 March 2021.