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These works were created as reliquaries of my family’s history. The designs and motifs of each piece are drawn directly from the narrative of the individual each is meant to represent, and were fabricated, enameled, and cast by my own hands. I crafted my first reliquary, Until We Meet Again, while earning my undergraduate degree as a way to confront my grief over my grandfather’s death. This desire to honor my family and the experiences that connect us through life and the objects we leave behind in our death eventually became a catalyst for a series of reliquaries, memento mori, and sculptural jewelry. The concepts of loss, memory, grief, inheritance, and the pursuit of found ephemera continue to influence my artwork to this day.

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