Relics and Reliquaries

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Since the early days of the Christian Church, the preserved remains of saints and martyrs have been known as "relics." But there are relics in secular and popular culture, too. Since early childhood, Jeffrey Vallance has been an obsessive collector, collecting objects he thought were significant, and relics from tragicomic events and personal traumas. He began incorporating the collection into his assemblage artwork, creating ornate reliquaries and using them to produce a kind of autobiography of personal artifacts.This beautifully- produced book documents his Relic Project.