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Artist Statement
MFA Thesis - "Reliquaries for the Hand Written Letter"
Throughout my exploration in my graduate studies I have been intrigued by communication and its different forms in our society. We have to communicate to survive, but the way in which we communicate describes who we are. In our modern world we now have a plethora of ways to communicate feelings, ideas, thoughts, or any form of information to one another>

In the last few years, e-mail has taken over as a prevalent form of communication, giving us the mmediate gratification of sending and receiving information without having to wait for the postal service. Although this new convenience is wonderful in many aspects, it lacks the fullness of the process of writing, sending and receiving traditional letters. When you take the time to sit down and write a letter, it instantly becomes more meaningful than an e-mail or a phone call. Then after the letter is placed in the mailbox there is a sense of anticipation in the wait for the reply.When you receive a letter in the mailbox, it is always so exciting to be reminded of someone whom you care for, and you are glad to hear of his or her news.The suspense, and thrill involved in writing and receiving tangible letters versus virtual ones is incomparable. The fact that the letter was physically in the hands of the person who wrote it and now the letter is physically in your hands gives a feeling of connection, like an invisible thread had connected you with the person who wrote the letter, and in time, with many letters exchanged between the two of you, there will be invisible fabric woven of the information, emotions, and time spent in the whole process of this interaction.

My work in the series "Reliquaries for the Hand Written Letter" makes the viewer aware of the importance of hand written correspondence, and the loss our society will feel if this personal form of communication becomes extinct. Precious materials such as gold, silver, and pearls are utilized to convey the importance of the subject matter. Formal inspiration for this work is drawn from historical references to Medieval and Gothic reliquaries, as well as wrist and finger chatelaines from the 1800ís. All of the pieces relate to the hand, either by being worn on the hand, or by being held in the hand. The physical relationship these pieces have with the wearer also indicates the preciousness of the subject matter. There is always an awareness of the piece and the concept behind it because of the intimacy between the wearer and the object being worn