Loss is a part of nostalgia because it relies on absence. Out of loss a new creation can develop.


Ann-Marie Walsh
Reflections (for a Younger Me), 2014
Cloth, polyester resin, paint

This piece alludes to the tradition in many cultures of covering mirrors in a house after someone has died to prevent their soul from becoming trapped inside the reflection. Walsh used this tradition to think about the metaphorical death of innocence and the transitory nature of beauty and youth.

This is a site-specific piece created especially for Wilton and Anywhere But Now. Walsh was inspired to make it after a dressing table mirror at the museum. Though there appears to be a solid form underneath the cloth, it is actually freestanding.


Jaydan Moore
Lattice, 2014

This piece was created by slowly cutting away part of a silver tray. The remaining portions of the tray were used to make this series of prints by treating the tray as a stamp and stopping at various points to apply ink to the remaining portions of the tray to make a print. He also used the tray to create a decorative relieve.

Through this series, Moore details how the tray’s original pattern disappears, but new patterns begin to emerge. By deconstructing and reassembling found silver-plated tableware into new images Moore is able to commemorate the individual’s ability to do the same to his/her own valuables and memories.


Susie Ganch
Necklace from Glancing Back, Looking Forward Series, 2013
Steel, sterling silver, black diamonds, and enamel

This work is created with pre-enameled sheet steel that  was formed and soldered to create the finished piece. The necklace was left intentionally raw, and the surface contains thousands of tiny cracks. Because of this, the material will degenerate over time. Aging and evolving, gaining rust, and losing enamel while the diamonds and rubies on the surface will stay the same.

In creating her jewelry, Ganch thinks about the life of each piece and how future artists might reuse materials from it to make their own pieces.

Curtis Arima, for Radical Jewelry Makeover
Shifting Hierarchy Deco Brooch, 2014
Found objects, recycled silver, and gold brass
On loan from Radical Jewelry Makeover

This piece of jewelry was made for the Radical Jewelry Makeover. Curtis combined a diverse collection of donated jewelry to create a brooch inspired by the Art Deco period. Art Deco was an art and design movement that first appeared in France after World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. It is characterized by rich colors, geometric shapes, and bold lines.

Like Ganch, Arima designed these pieces with future jewelry artists in mind. his brooches and necklace can be taken apart and reused to create something new in the future.

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