"RELICS & RELIQUARIES" Book Jeffrey Vallance


Since the early days of the Christian Church, the reverently preserved earthly 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. In 1971, he began incorporating the collection into his assemblage artwork, creating ornate reliquaries and using them as a conceptual framing device to produce a kind of autobiography rendered in personal artifacts. His process of relic accumulation is a lifelong project, with some relics generated intentionally and some accidentally. This beautifully- produced book documents his Relic Project.

176 pages, 11.25 x 9.25, Hardcover, Color