These works are a reflection on how we inadvertently use objects as memory triggers. These triggers are often everyday objects that evoke emotions and reflect past experiences. Into these, we transfer and embed our memories. The absence of these objects can mean the absence of the memories, thus, we cling to these talismans even as they wear and weather, glorifying and transforming them from merely an object, to something of great sentimental value.

Melanie Ihnen, embedded series 3, 2015, brooch, orcelain, crystals, stainless steel

These works are a reflection on how we inadvertently use objects as memory triggers. These triggers are often everyday objects that evoke emotions and reflect past experiences. Into these, we transfer and embed our memories. The absence of these objects can mean the absence of the memories, thus, we cling to these talismans even as they wear and weather, glorifying and transforming them from merely an object, to something of great sentimental value.

Melanie Ihnen, embedded series 3, 2015, brooch, orcelain, crystals, stainless steel