I am pleased to have been invited to participate in the exhibition New York Silver, Then and Now on view at the Museum of the City of New York.
New York Silver, Then and Now links the rich history of silversmithing in New York City to present-day artistic practice. It features newly commissioned works by leading metalworkers, created in response to historical objects from the Museum’s collection.
My work Dent is a series of 6 spoons cast in sterling silver that are hallmarked and indented with my own teeth. In this work I investigate the relationship between a historical memento mori spoon engraved with the name of a deceased loved one and the lasting impression of one’s identity through dental records. This idea is considered in conjunction with the maker’s mark, or hallmark, that typically identifies a silversmiths work. How better to make my mark with my work than to incise my own teeth as proof of authorship.
Working with wax and casting techniques I brought these pieces to life.