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This is how a simple observation can turn into a task, then a project, evoke memories, invite introspection and become an exhibition.
In the time of the pandemic when a total disruption in normal life has affected everyone uncompromisingly, reality has reshaped and ways of perceiving flow into it. Suddenly, as if waiting to be recognized, the little things in life including our closest personal spaces begin to look different.
Take for instance, the junk drawer. The ease at which I can turn a task into a project both amazes and confuses me. Getting carried away, some call it. For now, away seems a satisfying place to be.
These are objects that have taken up residence in what commonly is called a junk drawer, along with a few other catch-all places. With time to allow for some close inspection, I wondered why the objects in the drawer were there in the first place and not lost or tossed. And I pondered their origin and meaning, if any.
I determined that there was a reason for holding on to every object and the reasons vary widely:
• Usefulness - not today, but has potential for practical or creative usefulness in the future.
• Sentiment - a memento from an event.
• Aesthetically pleasing or interesting - not to display necessarily, but to not discard
• Amusement or novelty - makes me smile
• Symbolic - of a place or time or person
• Misplaced assignment - e.g. object correctly belongs in the tool box or sewing basket
• Historical significance, i.e. reveals my age
• Mystery - I don't know what the hell it is or why I have it
• Love - a small gift or token of affection
At the conclusion of the project, I have these drawers containing random and unrelated stuff. I'll probably box it all up and label it. But I will also have photographic documentation of its contents and some fond memories of this time when there was time to see differently.
Jere Kittle, "Junk Drawer" jerekittle.com
Photography 6" x 6" Prints, $6 each (multiples available on request)
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