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ornamentation

This series of works explore ornamentation as both the object and subject of the work. The objects reference traditional compositions prevalent in body ornamentation. This exploration evaluates common social rituals and institutions. The ornament often indicates an individualís participation within these social conventions, although its recognition is often culturally bound. In addition, body adornments make public statements about an individualís authentic and created identity. As a result, this series utilizes the decorative object as
a means to critique aspects of our cultureís social, political,
and economic systems.