[an-am-nee-sis] | noun
1. the recollection or remembrance of the past; reminiscence.
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
East Carolina University
April 21st – May 12th, 2017
I believe the beauty of nature and experience of awe that it evokes, can serve to remind us of our place in the world. Furthermore, I believe that this beauty found in living and dying can provide a level of meaning that lies beneath all the bustle and hectic work of being in the world.
My work examines that beauty – remembering, love and loss, and finding solace through reflections of the past. By preserving memories and the stories they hold, in paper, metal, and enamel, it reconnects to those loved and lost and allows me to find my center in the present. Using historical references in their framework and design, from mourning and sentimental jewelry to 18th century eye miniatures, the brooches I create act as portal to the past as well as providing a feeling of protection.
Through shadows of the silhouette or gaze of one loved and lost, my work endeavors to create a sense of intimacy, sacred space, and connection to those held dear. The silhouette becomes a tracery of the individual and experience; the gaze creates a sacred realm. Whether exploring the format of the book, the necklace, or the brooch, I am able to find respite and carry the memory or person with me.