The erasure of object identity through the auction process.
I have been in an on-and-off again relationship with Heritage Auction Galleries since I was 19 years old, and a more committed relationship since college graduation. During my courting of the auction house, I have donned the job of erasing the previous ownership of the decorative arts objects. Many owners have supplied bad quality images and sometimes useful information to accompany their consignments; little snippets of information and stories wedged down a match safe or in the drawer of an old Louis Gooey bureau. These decorative objects were not destined to retain their previous sentimental notions, but I have feel it is also my personal duty to help catalogue and mourn the objects’ previous lives. The notes, images, and labels are stored and categorized within ziplock baggies as I whirl through inventory, then immortalized within my current work through meditative beading, embroidery and painting. Attempting to echo the initial process of stuffing ziplock bags, most work is secured within a handmade vinyl pouch and displayed as a wall object.