3rd Place recipient

Jaydan Moore

I am motivated by how an object moves through the world. Changing in meaning as it is passed down, and how it is revered as its significance grows. Witnessing these wares in, antique shops, and junkyards I imagine how their previous owners may have affected these objects.

As these possessions become more and more mass-produced, our ability to add relevancy and meaning in this way separates each object from one another. Metal withstands its daily use, revealing evidence of wear by the dings, scratches, and patination that can be read on its surface. I see this accumulated layering of worth as far more precious than the most valuable of materials. Once a metal object has run its course it can be scrapped, melted, and recast, ready to be made into a new object. I believe the past still lives within the new object.

By deconstructing and reassembling found silver-plated tableware I commemorate the individual’s ability to contextualize their valuables and memories. Fabricating new forms out of many fragments from stylistically and historically related objects, I create new images of what objects mean to our society, one that considers all memories of use.