Value Structures

“When I’m trying to decide what to keep, this outdated coupon seems as important as my grandmother’s picture”

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things


Despite having a second critique in a two week period, I am actually not that disappointed. My work has been evolving at quite a rapid rate; and I am looking forward to discussing my plans. Within my critique this Thursday I will be going over value structures, and their role within the realm of collecting. These structures are the essence of collecting, and I will have some physical examples to explain them. I will also be going over what has failed in the last two weeks, as far as my art, and how it has grown into something that I am very proud of and eager to bring to life. While this blog post is rather short and vague, I would rather not spoil it all beforehand. I know the seminar structure is a little wacky, so if you happen to miss getting into my group for critique but want to know what I am up to, feel free to shoot me a message, email, w/e and I’ll dive into it.

Here’s a picture of my rabbit, his name is Benjamin; enjoy.


Find What You Love and Let It Kill You

Life is a river of opportunities. If I don’t grab everything interesting, I’ll lose out. Things will pass me by. The stuff I have is like a river. It flows into my house, and I try to keep it from flowing out. I want to stop it long enough to take advantage of it.

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things


So ahead of my critique this Thursday, I thought I would take a moment and go over what I will be discussing. This will be my first PowerPoint critique, which I am not too entirely thrilled about, but I wanted to use this first get together to go over what I have done over my summer break; including research, data that I have collected, and future endeavors for my thesis.

Here is a very brief rundown of what I will be conducting for my thesis, and I will be going more in depth during my critique:

From September 11th 2017, to February 24th 2018, I will be gathering samples of things I come in contact with on a daily basis. These samples will include, but in no way is limited to, food, drink, living areas, vehicles, buildings, objects I find, etc. Each sample collected will be vacuum sealed within a 2″x3″ heat sealing bag, and labeled/documented appropriately. My goal is to collect a minimum of 60 samples every day during the 167 day time period. By the end, I should yield roughly 10,000 samples, possibly a little more depending on the scale of the finalized installation. Right now the final visual representation of the installation is in flux, collecting samples is underway though. Again, I will be going over all the nuts and bolts of the piece during critique; as well as inspiration and data.

Other than that, I hope my vague description has made you curious. I am excited for this installation and it will be a fun next 167 day process.