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Meredith muses on man made objects whose varying forms highlight their historical and cultural interest.  Ultimately an object is chosen for commemoration in this collection based on its more subjective symbolic potential.  
Shields evolved to protect the body, and as objects, they evoke the notion of protection.  As time progressed, the shape and the surface articulation became essential in identifying its owner and evidentially becoming central in creating a coat of arms and heraldic design.  Meredith utilizes ancient Greek, Roman, Scottish, and pop culture shaped shields.  
If shields divide, then nails combine.  Meredith’s studies of African Art and Bakongo Minkisi led her to create different shaped nails.  Nails are universal and mercurial in their shape.  From an architectural perspective, nails keep structures from falling apart and bring things together.  Like the shield, their varying shapes communicate the identities of the culture that produced them.  At one point, nails were used as an informal exchange currency.  Nails represent security.
Shields reflect deep pools of our psyche.  Often times what we are trying to protect reveals our vulnerablities.  Nails bind us to those deep pools that we are trying to protect.

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