I am truly honored by all the women who have shared their dresses and stories in support of Relics of Marriage.
The "Relics of Marriage" series began as I viewed my own dress for the first time since my wedding years ago. Full of stains that marked memories of that distinctive day, it led me to consider the wedding dress as a human artifact – a relic charged by the hopes and dreams of the woman who wore it.

From this inspiration, I am using the wedding dress both literally
and figuratively to create mixed media installations in interior and exterior environments. These public experiences
are invitations to dialogue on the changing concept of marriage today.
Due to popular demand, Defoor recently completed the first version of the Relics of Marriage art photography book in which she paired the portraits with statements—ranging from biting to poignant to sugary sweet—given primarily by the dresses' owners. Copies of this special edition accompanied a selection of large scale framed prints from the Relics series for her inaugural solo New York exhibition at Umbrella Arts Gallery in New York City, April 30 – June 13, 2015.
For more information, contact: elyse@spitfireartworks.com