Renee Zettle-Sterling

Survival Tip #29
copper, silver, feathers
5 x 3 x 3 in.

My work is autobiographical and deeply linked to my past, family, and childhood recollections. It is informed by my personal research on memory, human development, sociology, and history. I investigate the facets of memories, which provided numerous avenues for exploration and an understanding of my relationship with my surroundings. This looking to my past and the loss that I have experienced in my life has sparked a series, in metal, of coping mechanisms or survival tips. These devices, toy-like and mechanical in their nature, represent a possible means for adaptation to the environment, which impede or assist physical and mental interaction. This overwhelming, urgent, anxiety ridden need to examine the past and my identity, lay at the core of my work.

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