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Rachel Elizabeth Jones: The Great Peoria Talisman Trade

The Great Peoria Talisman Trade is one iteration of an ongoing work that combines compulsive craft, archive, exchange, and questions of materiality and magic under late capitalism. 

Visitors are invited to select and keep (or give away, or bury or burn) one of several hundred talispeople, small sculptural objects (Christmas tree ornament? Cat toy?) made from ordinary and often salvaged materials. Guests have the opportunity to create their own to offer in trade, either in advance or with materials on hand — but are under no obligation. 

An archive featuring photocopies of every talisperson made by the artist will be on hand. A taliswoman is breadcrumb, intervention, invitation, souvenir — an object belonging to a network whose value, like the thing itself, is up for debate.