This series of artworks are functional pieces of jewellery that represent a forbidden paradise—that unattainable place of ultimate beauty, comfort, pleasure and wonder. The grid-like cage imagery signifies the obstacles to this garden of delights, synonymous with Heaven, such as religious faith and righteousness. However, Garden suggests that paradise is within each person’s grasp; it is part of mundane human existence. The artworks propose that this higher place is actually a state of mind attainable in the corporeal world, not just accessible to those who seek acceptance to a heavenly afterlife from God.
“Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)