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100 Memories

  • Installation : The Psychology of Collecting

Why do we get attached to things? Collecting is a practice that can hold significant meaning in our lives. One reason why people collect is due to their attachment to certain items – these items hold sentimental value because they remind us of a special moment, person or memory. Collecting is something that is an extension of us – it is not a way to lose anything. In fact, it is a way to gain more from life.

This project involved giving out three tubes each to about fifty people. The intention was to have them deposit their items of collection ranging from grains of sand to even blades inside the tubes. This was to establish the fact that collecting is a practice with important meaning that gives individuals the opportunity to connect with the objects. In other words, the significance we give to objects comes from who we are and what we appreciate.

As a collector, I really delved into this project. It was exciting to see what items current collectors introduced to their collection and what new collectors found most memorable. This project allowed me to connect with all participants in a way that I never imagined.

Completing this project was my greatest success ever. My work was displayed in an exhibition which was viewed by prestigious audience, used as part of a course outline for Junior level students and was recognized because it closely resembles a Senior level thesis project.