“I recognize, decontextualize, reconstruct.”

"Lost in transit" is the sense of loss that we experience when our heritage and stories are passed down to us. Like a game of Telephone, every generation loses a little of its past- which gets left behind. We do not have, in all originality, what the previous generation had. As we move through time, lived experiences change. We will never know what it felt like to live in a medieval kingdom, or to live through the renaissance. We will only ever have their echoes in pictures, stories and ruins. The only common thread is that all generations experience this loss, of the stories and lived experiences left behind and vanished in time. The loss stretches wider with every passing day.

This is a coalescence of history, art, and jewelry. By using the techniques of metalsmithing, print-making, etching, hand-painting, and burning I've tried to observe the various layers of interaction between generations and visual meaning.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Artist-designed jewelry--Themes, motives; Artist-designed jewelry--Technique; Soft sculpture--Themes, motives; Soft sculpture--Technique; Mixed media sculpture--Themes, motives; Mixed media sculpture--Technique; Loss (Psychology) in art; Families in art; Cultural property--Pictorial works

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Degree Name

Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CAD)


Leonard Urso

Advisor/Committee Member

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez


RIT – Main Campus

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