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Smulovitz, Longing 11, sterling silver, hair, pearls, garden hose section
sterling silver, pearls, garden hose section, hair
2019
Smulovitz, Tangible Hope 5, hair, dollhouse chair, sterling silver necklace/pin
hair (from the artist at age 20), dollhouse toy chair, sterling silver
16" x 10" x 1"
2017
Smulovitz, Longing Hidden Hope 1, antique dollhouse table, hair, copper, bronze, silver brooch
antique dollhouse table, hair, copper, bronze, silver
2" x 4 1/4" x 3/4"
2018
Smulovitz, Longing Hidden Hope 2, antique dollhouse table, hair, copper, bronze, silver brooch
antique dollhouse table, hair, copper, bronze, silver
2" x 4 1/4" x 3/4"
2018
nika Smulovitz, sterling silver cooper jewelry brooch pin dollhouse chair hair
sterling silver, fine silver, copper, photograph (of the artist’s daughter’s eye), hair (from the artist at age 20), dollhouse toy chair, glass lens, cz, paint etching on the back - a drawing of the artist's daughter by her son (age 8)
3 3/4" x 4" x 3/4"; photographed by Doug Yaple
2017
Anika Smulovitz sterling silver cooper jewelry brooch pin dollhouse chair hair
sterling silver, fine silver, copper, photograph (of the artist’s daughter’s eye), hair (from the artist at age 20), dollhouse toy chair, glass lens, cz, paint etching on the back - a drawing of the artist's daughter by her son (age 8)
3 3/4" x 4" x 3/4"; photographed by Doug Yaple
2017
Smulovitz Tangible Hope, sterling silver, hair, porcelain tea set
sterling silver, hair (from the artist at age 20), porcelain tea set pitcher (from artist's childhood), bark mulch (from the artist's children's schoolyard)
10 3/4" x 7" x 5"; photographed by Doug Yaple
2016
Smulovitz Longing 2, sterling silver, hair, bone, pearls, 2016
sterling silver, bone, hair (from the artist at age 20), porcelain tea set tea cups (from artist's childhood), pearls
8" x 7" x 7 1/2"; photographed by Doug Yaple
2016
Smulovitz Longing 3, sterling silver, hair, porcelain tea set, 2016
sterling silver, hair (from the artist at age 20), porcelain tea set saucers (from artist's childhood)
7 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 1/8"; photographed by Doug Yaple
2016
Smulovitz Longing 4, sterling silver, hair, porcelain tea set, 2016
sterling silver, hair (from the artist at age 20), porcelain tea set sugar bowl (from artist childhood)
4" x 3 1/4" x 3/4"; photographed by Doug Yaple
2016
Smulovitz, Longing 12, sterling silver, hair, pearl brooch
sterling silver, hair, pearll
2 1/4" x 2" x 3/8"
2017
Smulovitz, Longing 13, sterling silver, hair, wood from Wawona Schooner brooch
sterling silver, hair, wood (salvaged from the Wawona Schooner)
2 1/4" x 2" x 3/8"
2017
Smulovitz, Longing 14, sterling silver, hair, dollhouse pitcher brooch
sterling silver, hair, metal dollhouse pitcher (from artist's childhood)
3 3/8" x 3" x 5/8"
2018
Smulovitz, Longing 15, sterling silver, hair, dollhouse basket brooch
sterling silver, hair, dollhouse basket (from artist's childhood)
2 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 3/8"
2018
Smulovitz, Longing 16, sterling silver, hair, antique enameled watch face, antique watch hands brooch
sterling silver, hair, antique enameled watch face, antique watch hands
3 ¼” x 3 ½” x ½”
2018
Smulovitz, Longing 17, sterling silver, hair, shell brooch
sterling silver, hair, shell
2 ¼” x 2 ½” x 3/8”
2018
Smulovitz, Longing 18, sterling silver, hair, plastic dollhouse teapot (from artist’s childhood) brooch
sterling silver, hair, plastic dollhouse teapot (from artist’s childhood)
2 ½” x 2 ½” x 3/8”
2018
Smulovitz, Longing 19, sterling silver, hair, plastic dollhouse pitcher and mugs (from artist’s childhood) brooch
sterling silver, hair, plastic dollhouse pitcher and mugs (from artist’s childhood)
2 ¾” x 2 ¾” x ½”
2018
Smulovitz, Longing 20, sterling silver, hair, metal dollhouse bottle (from artist’s childhood) brooch
sterling silver, hair, metal dollhouse bottle (from artist’s childhood)
2 ¾” x 2 ½” x 3/8”
2018
Smulovitz, Longing 21, sterling silver, hair brooch
sterling silver, hair
3" x 3" x 3/4"
2018
Smulovitz, Longing 24, sterling silver, antique dollhouse chair, 2018
sterling silver, antique dollhouse chair
2018

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.