The jewel on which I pose skin prints, a belly button print, a nipple print or lines from the hand… this is the body, the corporeal, murmuring to us through the jewel…

The story began 15 years ago, when the enveloping and evolving shapes of my first pregnancy inspired me to make a mould of my growing tummy. This extended belly button seemed so strange that I wanted to immortalise it… and this was the start of my umbilical and bodily exploration. I wanted to make them eternal, to fix them in the metal, suspend them around my neck, or around others’. This gave me a profound sense of the sharing of a common being.

Metal is the “epidermis”, the skin as witness to our existence and our communion with Nature…