PORTFOLIO > The Art of Remembering: A Genealogy Project

This body of work is an exploration of my family history. This research is an attempt to collect my ancestor's stories and preserve them before they slip away. I want to share the sentiment of recalling and re-discovering, putting together the puzzle pieces of lives that make up a history, as much as I hope to preserve the stories themselves.

This work also constitutes a focused investigation of how we assign value to objects. While making this work I became acutely aware of how the value of an object’s usefulness, its sentimental value, and commercial value are interrelated and how they inform each other.

The Last Home We Shared
Tin, Copper, Brass, Blank Ancestry Chart
4" x 4" x 1.5"
2010
The Last Home We Shared
Tin, Copper, Brass, Blank Ancestry Chart
4" x 4" x 1.5"
2010
Spoon Collection Family Tree
Mixed Materials
6' x 5' x 2"
2012
Matriarch (Pearls of Wisdom)
Brass, Copper, Silver, Plastic Pearls, Lace
3" x 5" x 5"
2009
In Service of Status: Empty Exchange
Screenprinted Paper
14" x 14" x 7" (largest)
2012
Making Home
Silver, Enamel, Fabric, Thread
12" x 12" x 1/4"
2011
Missing Home
Fabric, Thread
12" x 12"
2011
Cup Template #1
Screenprinted Paper
12" x 26"
2011
Make a Wish
Silver, Enamel, Eyelashes
2" x 2" x .5"
2009
Make a Wish
Silver, Enamel, Eyelashes
2" x 2" x .5"
2009
Ruth
Glass Beads, Fabric, Tin, Copper, Sewing Pins
2012
Molly: Smoky Winged Bandit
Silver, Thread, Enamel, Oak, Paper, Emerald Ash Borer in Formaldehyde
3" x 2" x 17"
2012
Kay
Copper, Enamel
1" x 3/4" x 18"
2012
Kay (back)
Copper, Enamel, Tin
1 1/2" x 1/4" x 16"
2012
Betty
Copper, Enamel, Silver
1 1/2" x 1/4" x 16"
2012
Navy Scrimshaw: USS Swearer
Edgeworth Tobacco Tins
2" x 12" x 4"
2010
For My Lumberjill
Copper, Nickel, Brass, Silver, Fabric
3.5" x 4" x .25"
2009
For My Lumberjill
Copper, Nickel, Brass, Silver, Fabric
3 .5" x 4" x .25"
2009
Take the D&H Out of Town
Paper, Found Objects
4" x 4" x 4"
2009
Take the D&H Out of Town
Paper, Found Objects
4" x 4" x 4"
2009
Take the D&H Out of Town
Paper, Found Objects
4" x 4" x 4"
2009
Take the D&H Out of Town
Paper, Found Objects
4" x 4" x 4"
2009