In this installation, Legacy Strike, I interface objects I have inherited from my maternal blood relatives with articles either from, or inspired by, the collection of Historic Northampton Museum, Northampton, MA.
From the archive I chose three objects: a bear trap, a cradle and an embroidered mourning portrait. The heirlooms I have incorporated include: a collection of baby dresses worn by my mother and her sisters, a coat with a fur collar belonging to my grandmother, cross-stitched doilies (made by my great grandmother?), a Victorian Era chair from my grandmother’s house, an afghan crocheted by my great grandmother and a tea set my grandparents purchased on their honeymoon.
Within this piece, I have animated the artifacts in a tryptic of cryptically unsettling scenarios. The unexpected actions and associations created within are intended to explore an inheritance of pre-set conditions and expectations rather than to display an illusion of sentimentality.