Debbie Kupinsky
Memory/ Nostalgia
2014
porcelain, wood, found objects, string
6'x 3' x 3'
This piece is about the life of objects, nostalgia and the navigation of memory. The real objects refer to our lived experience, while the cast and hand formed bells imply the reconstructed memory and the fluidity of these multiple reconstructions. The piece is formed like an industrialized version of tree, with each branch containing multiple bells as a balanced series of mobiles. Each original bell came from a second hand store, while before that, the objects once had owners that cared about them as objects. They were meant to be markers to remember places, events like anniversaries, and sometimes act as memorials. This piece takes them from the shelf and places them in a context that implies movement and sound, so that they take on a new life.