Tools hold a special place in my heart. These objects are extensions of my body, but one created to perform a task my body never could. The prints in the series are made using the printmaking method of Takbon, traditional Korean method used to preserve textures, patterns and designs on historic artifacts or architecture. In printing these tools, the tools of my personal metalsmithing practice, I am taking a moment to reflect on the my accomplishments, as well as that of mankind.
In the BBC Broadcast “A History of the World in 100 Objects” Neil Macgregor discusses the Olduvai Stone chopping tool. One of the earliest things humans ever consciously made. He explains, “From this point…people have been unable to survive without the things they make; in this sense, it is making things, that makes us human.”