Fabric, found objects, 1”x1”

Symbols are powerful.  As an anthropologist I learned about the way humans attribute meaning to objects and connect objects to important memories.  These objects maintain our memory, keeping history alive and helping us feel connected to the past.  Some symbols and objects carry longer memories than souvenirs, generations of implications and attributions. The fabric in the background of this pendant is from and Indian sari, and the jeweled hand that covers it is a symbol shared by many cultures, representing happiness, health and protection. Not only the objects and their forms but also their colors and patterns have meaning for my family and for the people who have shared them over generations.