I guess a lot of my inspiration came from being in a a place of darkness. Induced by heart ache, home sickness, sheer determination or weekends that went on for too long. Metal work soothed my anxiety and pain became the perfect medium for romantic expression and reflection.
I didn’t fit into this mould of false happiness. I felt whatever it was I felt, and felt a disconnection to authentic feelings from those around me. Everyone was making themselves be happy. As though to be anything other was a sign of weakness- unachieved enlightenment and an inability ‘to let it go, man’.
I worked as a palliative care nurse for many years, and in an nursing home for many more. The coffin ring was inspired by those years. While the coffin represents the immortality of life, the circle in the centre represents the immortality of the soul. While we shield ourselves from the seemingly dark, we miss true divine connection, for without the darkness there is no light.