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Smulovitz, Loss of Innocence 11, sterling silver, hair, pearls, garden hose section
sterling silver, pearls, garden hose section, hair
11 1/2" x 3" x 2 1/2" (pendant); chain 27"
2019
Smulovitz, Loss of Innocence 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, Loss of Innocence 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, Loss of Innocence, 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, Loss of Innocence 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, Loss of Innocence 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, 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
Smulovitz, 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
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, Loss of Innocence 12, sterling silver, hair, pearl brooch
sterling silver, hair, pearl
2 1/4" x 2" x 3/8"
2017
Smulovitz, Loss of Innocence 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, Loss of Innocence 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, Loss of Innocence 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, Loss of Innocence 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, Loss of Innocence 17, sterling silver, hair, shell brooch
sterling silver, hair, shell
2 ¼” x 2 ½” x 3/8”
2018
Smulovitz, Loss of Innocence 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, Loss of Innocence 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, Loss of Innocence 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, Loss of Innocence 21, sterling silver, hair brooch
sterling silver, hair
3" x 3" x 3/4"
2018

With fear ever present in our “Age of Terror”, I find myself longing for a nostalgic childhood innocence while searching for hope - a childhood innocence that in reality is a whitewashed, nostalgic, fairytale, "happily ever after" past that does not exist. In my search for this nostalgic past, I examined imagery I had associated with childhood innocence - such as swings and dollhouse furniture. Since the beginning of human civilization, we have created objects during times of fear and uncertainty in an attempt to embody hope. I looked to the history of jewelry and metalsmithing for these objects, such as amulets, talisman, Memento Mori (symbolic reminders of mortality), Victorian mourning jewelry, and medieval reliquaries. Drawing from these historical objects and nostalgic childhood imagery, I created a body of work that attempted to reflect hope. However, after living with this particular body of work for several years, thinking about it in the context of my own life and in the context of contemporary society, I have come to realize that this work is not about hope, but about the loss of innocence.


These objects were initially titled Tangible Hope, and then I changed the title to Longing. After self-reflection, I found these titles did not reflect the content of these objects. These objects are now titled Loss of Innocence.