I have a confession to make… I have been making these knives, forks, and spoons out of wire, heavily beaten plant fibers like flax and abaca, and then encaustic (wax). I am also doing drawings of cutlery as well. … and I don’t know what the heck I am going to do with them. I kind of know why I am using this imagery- my Nana Rose left me her sterling silver cutlery when she passed in 1984, and I certainly don’t eat with them that often. But I started thinking about what gets passed down through generations and what we do with that “stuff” be it possessions, family traditions, family secrets, and genetic predispositions – like my BRCA 2 gene for breast cancer.
I would feel guilty melting the silver down for sculpture, and I am not ready to sell them so I see them as some sort of connection to my past, making something in the present, something fragile, etheral, skeletal… but what to do with them… heck I just don’t know.