Tools, Talismans, & Totems
Tools, Talismans, and Totems is a new body of work about old stories. I am using tools, objects, and raw materials picked from the workshops of my father, my paternal grandmother and grandfather, who all passed away over the course of 13 months in 2012-2013. After they died, I had to sort through their creative spaces. They had vast collections of tools, parts, and curious bits and bops; I had to help decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to sell. The shops were filled with custom tools, meticulously organized collections, ancient supplies that we would probably never use but had to keep. I picked from each space tools that I could use, materials that called to me, random objects that I maybe could repair. Now, I am exploring my relationship with each family member as I combine their collected things with my own to make new tools, totems, or talismans.