I am motivated by how an object moves through the world, changing in meaning as it passed down, and how it is cherished as its significance grows. This history of objects has led to my continued exploration of heirlooms. When I witness these historical functional wares in museums, antique shops, and junkyards, I imagine how their previous owners may have affected these objects. Removed from their original context, the stories and meanings behind these objects are mysterious and unknown. However, the marks on them left by the hand, reveal a small glimpse of their worth to the previous owner.
While our possessions become more and more mass-produced, our ability to add relevancy and meaning in this way separates each object from one another. Outliving its owners, metal withstands its daily use, revealing evidence of use by the dings, scratches and patterns that can be read on its surface. I see this accumulated layering of worth as far more precious than the most valuable of materials. Finally, once a metal object has run its course it can be scrapped, melted, and cast, ready to be made into a new object. I believe that within the new object still lives the past. That nothing is lost, only given a new history.
By deconstructing and reassembling found silver-plated tableware into new images I am able to commemorate the individual’s ability to do the same to his/her own valuables and memories. By fabricating a new form out of many fragments from stylistically and historically related objects, I create a new image of what that object means to our society, a representation that takes all memories of its use into consideration. Dissecting these objects, altering their form, and piecing them into commemorative vessels there is still some semblance and evidence left of their past incarnation.
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