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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Rachel Rushing

SPE Member since 2012
Member Chapter: South Central

Yet, Still

For centuries humans have had a tendency to imbue deep emotional connections with people and places into artifacts, evidences of our lives. There is a need ingrained in us to leave our mark and to cherish the mark left by others. This work explores those marks out of a desire to connect with the identities and experiences that saturate objects of heritage.Can a woman, now gone, be known by something as simple as a bit of fabric? Can the anticipation and pleasure of a relationship be transmuted into a fudge plate? This work investigates the convergence of identity and self-definition with physical remnant. I seek connection to a family and a sense of unknown history all in a desire to be valued, hoping my life leaves an imprint. Creating these images fulfills my visceral need to connect to a physical history, reclaiming and recreating the evidence of these objects as my own contribution to the rite that is heritage.

Aunt Sherry's Fudge Plate

Aunt Sherry's Iron

The Blanket Mamaw Jewel Made From Old Clothes

The Sieve Mamaw Jewel Used for Paul's Food

The Earrings My Mother Gave Me

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