The human urge to belong is a basic motivation for the use of jewellery. Within my practice I like to explore the sense of belonging and identity. Our societies are influenced by multiculturalism and change of tradition through migration, integration and amalgamation. Loss but also the opportunity to originate new identities are values found in my work.
Having moved to New Zealand from Germany in 2006, the meaning of ‘Tangata Whenua’ (people of the land), made me understand the relationship between Maori and the land. This helped me form a stronger connection between my art and the place I now call home.
I have a passion for natural, local materials which I integrate into my jewellery. Materials are not necessarily used for their intrinsic value, but for their meaningfulness or significant content.