Tangible Hope Hidden 1

Antique dollhouse table, hair, copper, bronze, and silver

2 x 4 x 0.75 inches

Photographed by artist

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Tangible Hope is a series of compelling and evocative wearable objects of contemplation that utilize visual metaphor and material exploration to focus on concepts of loss of innocence, fear and hope. With fear ever present in our “Age of Terror”, I find myself looking for hope. This searching has led me to examine objects from the past, from the history of jewelry and metalsmithing, such as amulets, talisman, Memento Mori (symbolic reminders of mortality), and medieval reliquaries. I have also been drawn towards imagery I associate with a nostalgic longing for childhood innocence. The materials chosen for these objects have a profound impact on the content of the work, for example, hair (from my youth, my daughter, my mother), bone, and childhood toys. Since the beginning of human civilization, we have created objects during times of fear and uncertainty in an attempt to embody hope. These objects are my attempt to make the intangible tangible.


Anika Smulovitz’s scholarly and artistic work draws on the rich history of the field of Metals/Jewelry. Her work confronts the concepts of power, beauty, religion, and cultural values, while bringing insight to the discourse between material culture and contemporary society. Smulovitz’s current research is focused on the non-neutrality of materials, issues of adornment and the body. Her work is included in the permanent collection of The Jewish Museum in New York, NY. She also holds a US Design Patent for her Lip Liners.

Anika Smulovitz is an artist, metalsmith, and Professor of Art at Boise State University. Smulovitz served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths for three years, as well as the Board Liaison for the Editorial Advisory Committee for Metalsmith magazine for two of those three years. Smulovitz’ work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and appears in numerous publications. She received her MFA (2003) and MA (2001) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her BFA from the University of Oregon (1997).