Reliquary Series

A reliquary is a container for a relic and a relic, in historical terms, refers to the physical remains of a saint or other important religious figure, such as bones or bone fragments, pieces of clothing or any other personal objects.  Relics were used by various religions to attract the faithful to the church, temple or shrine.  Because of its power and relative rarity many relics were faked in order to increase the head count, so to speak. 

The concept for my 'reliquary' series came to me in 2010, after frequent trips with my partner to any and all thrift stores we could find, on the hunt for antique and vintage 'gems' sitting unappreciated on the knick-knack shelves.  We also began searching for similar objects in small antique shops.  There seemed to be so many exhibiting fine craftsmanship and even artistry, others that so perfectly reflected a 'kitchiness' of its era - rare, small items that seemed to be just lost.  I also noticed at the 'thrifts' lots of finely crafted metalwork such as bowls, platters, lamps and candlestick holders made of brass, copper or silver plate that could be repurposed to create 'appropriate' housing for these accumulating gems - mimicking the traditional 'reliquary' presentation found in many ancient European Catholic churches.  But instead of housing religious relics, they would house contemporary ones.  Each of these 'contemporary reliquaries' contains an antique or vintage item and, in keeping with the 'fake' nature of many true relics, the attributions of mine are contrived and presented with a humorous edge.



     
   
  Reliquary Series