Hold Dear is about isolation during quarantimes. When every aspect of life is uncertain, it is a cruel joke that we are unable to be near the people we love. Out of desperation, I began making clay representations of my friend’s faces to somehow stay close to them. The eyes and mouths of these simulacra are peepholes revealing dioramas inside. The exteriors are decorated with brightly colored armor to defend themselves from the virus and the world; the interiors hold what they need in this moment. I sit with my clay friends and tell them stories and touch their clay faces and bask in their company. Making these pieces feels like a form of magic–using a vessel to send my intentions and energy to their human counterparts.