Materials: Porcelain, glaze, gold, china paint, rose petals, copper, stones, love, excitement, memories of adventures, the warmth of holding hands, your beard on my face, the touch of your lips.
Description: 3 tiered stacking porcelain sculptural vessel with painted imagery of plants and animals both real and imagined, containing rose petals, stones from Lake Michigan, raw copper, a glass bottle with a cork (spit not included)
This series of work explores the idea that objects are the witnesses to our lives, absorbing meaning and memories because of their proximity to a loved one. After the sudden passing of my father in early 2019 I became fixated on the idea that objects regardless of their value, can become important tethers to memory. Taking this as a point of departure, I became interested in the concept of the creation of relics. While relics are most commonly thought of as a bone or other remnant of a venerated figure, I am more interested in the 'contact relic' which usually is a stone, cloth or other ephemera that comes into contact with the sacred (also in the interest of keeping my work vegan). Within this context, the reliquary becomes an important device, not only is it meant to house and protect the relic, but it also mediates the viewer's experience of the object inside. Historically, the reliquary also is made of far more costly materials than the relic itself, with the idea that the relic is invaluable in comparison to the gold or precious stones containing it. All of this manifests in the creation of vessels to house 'relics' of my own that bore witness to a special memories or people in my life.