The pieces have a sense of history and of belonging to a group; yet, all the pieces are not traditional heirlooms. For example, Rolodex: Abell-Ongoing, is a rolodex which explores work issues, using sewing. It tries to transform the ordinary into heirloom, using an heirloom’s vocabulary. Each card is an attempt at creating a deeply personal object, which both enchants and discomforts. In Points of Origin, the viewer is confronted with a row of childlike homes. Within each house, the sound of names, births, and marriages are repeated over and over. The nostalgic sensibility engages the viewer in both historical and personal contemplations. Both projects preamble many relevant questions with regard to human relationships: How much do we know about people, how do we categorize one another, and how do our relationships and imagined perceptions affect the way we relate to both the objects and to one another? These heirlooms are instable and fleeting, despite attempts at permanence. The heirloom is transformed into an object that always describes and always indicates absence.