The Effect of Personal Effects

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Gecko toy from a childhood trip to Hawaii

I’ve never met anyone who didn’t decorate their space to some extent.  Whether we realize it or not, the things we look at have a way of seeping in to the things we create.

Make rules, not copies.

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The objects that catch my eye are often unexpected. Each thing is different and seemingly unrelated until you see them all together. There’s an invisible thread running through them all. Hard to identify and even harder to articulate, but if you can and when do, you get a much clearer idea of what you like. Maybe you can even identify why you like them. If you can understand why you gravitate toward certain things, you don’t have to copy them but instead make something that follows the same rules.

Who’s driving the bus?toucan2

I like old things, offbeat things, sincere things like folk art, and silly frivolous things.The reason I like an item may be unclear until it is next to the plethora of other items in my studio. Most objects from childhood disappear with time, but what I’ve kept follows a lot of the same rules as the newer additions. How formative are our first possessions?

How much do our surroundings in early life inform our aesthetic preferences? Do we produce art based on those aesthetic preferences? Or do we choose our surroundings according to the art we strive to produce? Maybe, like most things in life, it’s a push and pull.

As humans we are always seeking patterns even when we don’t consciously identify them. By identifying these patterns, we can better understand ourselves.

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My Underwood typewriter is one of my favorite objects
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This is part of a large installation piece I made in 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My mom made this when she was about my age
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This was $2 and the fastest impulse buy I’ve ever made
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