KIMBERLY SAK

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: May 3, 2002

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Hair Wig (21) artist's hair 4 x 6 x 8 inches 1995


memento mori artist's hair, shower curtain, rod and rings 32 x 72 x 14 inches 1993


Vulnerability and the capacity to lessen its impact are central issues in much of my work. Many of my pieces refer to daily rituals, cleansing, and protection -- both psychological and physical. My influences include memento mori jewelry and the sentimental jewelry of the nineteenth century, which used human hair in its construction. Translated from Latin, memento mori literally means "remember that you will die." This phrase is not intended to be morbid; rather it is a thoughtful reminder. My work focuses equally on love and death, as did the Victorian hair works. The pieces become memorials to the various aspects of our existence.



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