Every Thing I Own is based on the objects of material culture interacted with on a daily basis. In this case, each of my two hundred and eighty six possessions were catalogued with photographs, an accession number, and an ‘object description sheet’, which document the object’s accession information (including person or place, and date), a description (size, color, material), and the feelings attached to each.
The daily use of the objects was then tracked, and this numerical information then determined the size of each photo upon exhibition. Simply, the largest photos where those of objects most often used.
These objects become like containers, in the way that memories fill them over time, adding to personal value and meaning, while acting to reinforce self-concept. In this case Every Thing I Own is presented as a living archive, as the items amass and collect their meanings both collectively and singularly through use in everyday life.
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