“My recent body of work has been a eulogy for ornament. We are bereft of it. We are surrounded by architecture and objects with flat planes, smooth curves and straight lines. I grieve over this loss of ornament, a testament to generations of human skill.
“Ornament calls upon the viewer to actively look and see, to get lost in seas of foliage because it is impossible to take in the whole in one glance. What if this lack of ornament is making us less observant, less competent to interact with the physical world in which live?
“Maybe the reinstatement of handmade ornament can restore this lack. I make objects that embody ornament, decoration and detail. Decoration is inherent to the structure of my work, it is built of ornament. I see handmade ornament as the visible accretion of human time. I want the viewer to float, lost in rolling waves of detail and time.” – Kit Paulson, 2018