My work is strongly influenced by places that are important to me: my birth city East Berlin, where I grew up and my new home, New Zealand.
Living between cultures, the process of assimilation and understanding of my new environment involves an internal re-examination of home.
Materials are important to me; I am intrigued to explore the potential contrasts and tensions of hard/soft, heavy/light, urban/rural and flatness/dimensionality.
My work process involves experimental combinations of various elements to test how they might express ideas around belonging and cultural identity.
My rural surroundings reflect in my work through earthy colour palettes, rich textures and the use of natural components. As far as possible, I prefer to create my own materials in their purest form. I am a keen explorer of natural dyes, using plant parts and other natural elements to achieve sophisticated results that are often unexpected and serendipitous.
This extends to the hard materials: concrete speaks to me. While initially not drawn to concrete, once I began working with it I realised I had a connection with it, absorbed through my formative years; the omnipresent wall, the dominating Plattenbau (concrete slab construction) building style of East Berlin, the sense of strength and separation.