This series of painting started with my summer residency in North Dakota. In a rural setting, people work more with tools in their daily lives. Some of these pieces of metal are farm parts, or attach to other things. My favorite tool is a torn clamp that was used to it’s breaking point. This serves at a metaphor for so many things in life, like loss, failure, perseverance. As we move from the analog to the digital age, I’m exploring the physical weight and meaning of the things we can touch and feel. The distance we keep ourselves from nature and the distance between the analog and digital world. The addition of the bone is a new juxtaposition to add nature and the organic mixed with the man made metal part.
1. An object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical or sentimental interest.
2. A part of a deceased holy person's body or belongings kept as an object of reverence.
3. An object, custom, or belief that has survived from an earlier time but is now outmoded.
Within this ongoing series I am exploring the definition of RELIC. Time, consumption, generational and cultural knowledge and obsolescence.
The objects I choose to call RELICS might not be relics somewhere else. Some objects, no one would recognize; such as the broken piece of industrial metal. Other objects are considered RELICS because they are no longer useful or the industry they were a part of evolved or died. I am continuing to unpack this idea.