About the work:
Heirlooms addresses our relationship with objects and their hidden histories.I am interested in the idea of objects holding the past while hiding their past. The memories we associate with our grandfather’s watch or the blanket our mother made us, we can have strong reactions at the mere sight or smell of items whose history we can recall and these same objects are static to anyone else who sees them with no personal association.
Is this history locked into the mantel clock whose chime mesmerized us as children or the stool we climbed atop to sneak cookies at night? Do they act
as some sort of memory safe that grips its contents allowing only you to fall back into the past, for better or worse?
The objects are still while the knotted masses hold dear or secure the items and act out as the gripping hand of ownership, tightly wound balls of tension and as growths that can be both
troubling and foreign.
This new work, Heirlooms, marries my Security Sculptures with objects both from my past and objects I have no personal history with but surely invoke strong memories for strangers I have never met.
j.frede - 2012