"loss" a mixed-media assemblage totem was inpired by the quote "Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” Created from recyled material, the base of "loss" is an top from an orange juice container, to which a plastic 'man' was fixed. a variety of chain bits and cut-offs, screening, rusty bolt, match stick, masking tape and an altered toy heart make up the final piece. After binding portions of the piece with maskng tape, several acrylic paint washes were applied. His wings were hand made from a piece of armature wire and black feathers. He holds in his hand the quote which inspired the piece on a portion of charred parchment paper. after being accented with white paint the entire piece was then sealed with an archival gloss varnish.