Perception, Imitation, Illusion

How do we find a value within objects that have been made to trick our perceptions of preciousness?


My intention is to encourage people to question and discuss their views and preconceptions towards materials through a clever use of illusion and material imitation. When presented with two different materials with similar properties, how can we decide which is the precious one and which is not? And with the clever application of colour that is hidden and reflected through the works, how can we trust what we are seeing and what is really there?

The perception of value is split into the materials value and the value that is projected onto the piece by the viewers from the intrigue it sparks. This intrigue is what I aim for in my pieces. I want the viewer to question the materials authenticity and try and figure out how the pieces are made and how the illusion of colour is achieved.