Just wanted to share a photo from a client that has been with me since the start. She is an avid collector of my work and I truly appreciate all the encouragement she's given me over the past two years. She just sent along this image of my work in her home:I know she uses a bunch of work too...and I love that my work has become what I hoped: something for both use and display! A little excerpt from my thesis to explain:
Although I expect my work to function in everyday life, I also expect my work to be collected and displayed. I present my work in such a way that each piece is considered as both an individual object and also as a small component of something bigger than itself: part of a collection. As a child, I collected a wide array of objects; from stamps to baseball cards to coins and more. I would amass large amounts of objects and carefully organize them, only to be reorganized again and again. But more importantly than this, I began to collect objects that reminded me of moments I wanted to chronicle in my mind: such as the Roberto Clemente baseball card I bargained for at a card show with my father when I was no older than eight. I never want to forget how amused and proud he was at my bargaining prowess. Growing up, I observed my mother collecting objects that retained memories of her child- hood and parents. She would reminisce about the past though these objects quite often. As I grew older, my mother began passing these objects and memories on to me. These objects have become an important part of my life, as reminders of my grandparents and my mother, and their emotional connection to these objects. For both my mother and me, possession of these objects is a link to the past. I will forever cherish objects like my grandmothers traveling trunk, with her name and address carved in her handwriting on the side, my grandfathers blanket and rucksack from the war, my grandmother’s wedding band: now my wedding band, and my grandfather’s wedding band: now my husband’s.
Collecting is a way to preserve the past by filling the void left by the inevitable loss associated with life. Experiencing loss, and the fact that we are always in the process of losing everything we have, leaves us with an ingrained longing - for that which we will never have again. As an object maker, I pour both my past and present experiences into my work, attempting to preserve my past by retaining my memories within these objects. Perhaps this is part of the reason I have a hard time letting my work go. I retain a piece from each series I work on; each object serves as a reminder of the specific time past. This feeling of longing I experience has the capacity to be transferred through physical attributes that show the love and care the object embodies. ---- Don't miss OPEN STUDIOS this weekend! I would LOVE to see you. I just made a ton of cookies and started pulling out my seconds...I have so many, you don't want to miss this sale!