Reliquary Series

A relic is defined as “an object, custom, or belief that has survived from an earlier time but is now outmoded.” A reliquary is a container for a relic object. A reliquary and its associated relic in religious terms refers to the physical remains of a saint or other important religious figure, such as bones or bone fragments, pieces of clothing or any other personal objects. These relics were used by various religions throughout history to attract the faithful to the church, temple or shrine. Because of their power and relative rarity many relics were faked in order to increase the head count, so to speak.

The concept for my Reliquary Series came to me in 2010, after frequent trips to the Goodwill and other thrifts, always on the hunt for antique and vintage 'gems' sitting unappreciated on the bric-a-brac shelves. There seemed to be so many exhibiting fine craftsmanship and even artistry, others that so perfectly illustrated the era from which they came, small items that had become lost to time. I also noticed many finely crafted metalwork pieces, such as bowls, platters, lamps, and candlestick holders, made of brass, copper or silver plate. It dawned on me these could be repurposed to assemble 'appropriate' housing for my accumulating gems from the past. I decided to mimic the traditional 'reliquary' presentations, but instead of housing religious relics, my reliquaries would house contemporary ones. Each of these 'contemporary reliquaries' contains an antique or vintage item and, in keeping with the 'fake' nature of many true relics, the attributions of mine are contrived and presented with a humorous edge.



     
   
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