With fear ever present in our “Age of Terror”, I find myself longing for childhood innocence while searching for hope. This searching has led me to examine objects from the past, from the history of jewelry and metalsmithing, such as amulets, talisman, Memento Mori (symbolic reminders of mortality), Victorian mourning jewelry, and medieval reliquaries. I have been drawn towards imagery I associate with a nostalgic longing for childhood innocence. The materials chosen for these objects have a profound impact on the content of the work, for example, hair (from my youth, my daughter, my mother), bone, and childhood toys. Since the beginning of human civilization, we have created objects during times of fear and uncertainty in an attempt to embody hope. These objects are my attempt to add to this dialogue of longing and hope.
This body of work was formally title Tangible Hope. After a few years of living with the work, I woke up one night and realized that this work is less about hope and more about longing for childhood innocence.