Jess Hutch.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

the lost object project

Hey there, nice readers of my blog. First, thanks for all the lovely comments about my recent drawings and the ghost. Second, a friend of mine, Becky Bird Grigsby, has created an interactive web-based project called the The Lost Object Project, and I offered to link to it. I encourage you to contribute - I think it will be really thought-provoking for all you creative folks. But first, here's her description:

"When I graduated from college, my grandfather insisted I have a
briefcase. His gift was incredibly sweet and thoughtful but I never
had much use for a briefcase, especially such a traditional style. I
kept the briefcase for a few years, but when I was getting ready to
move from California to Boston, the briefcase joined the garage-sized
pile of other objects I had to trash, sell, or give away. The
briefcase was donated, among many other things, to the Salvation Army,
where I hoped it would make its way to someone who would actually have
use for it. That was almost two years ago. My grandfather died
recently and all I can think about is that briefcase.

By creating a virtual memorial for my lost briefcase and sharing my
story, I honor my grandfather's gift and, to some extent, confess my
guilt over getting rid of it. As I started to tell people my story, I
was struck by their response, which involved, in most cases,
immediately sharing with me a similar story about an object that they
had lost or misplaced. I'm curious about the irrational affection we
often feel towards inanimate objects as well as the narrative and
meaning(s) that get attached to these otherwise mundane things over
time, qualities that can become heightened in an object's
loss/absence. The website provides a space for people to observe as
well as share their stories about and images of their lost objects."

Sigh. Isn't that lovely? Here's a link to the project - you can follow the links to a form to fill out to tell your story (and include photos or a drawing of your object). The previously contributed stories of lost items are so sad... I attach a lot of emotional significance to inanimate objects. Um, clearly. It's often difficult for me to get rid of things because I can remember who gave it to me, why, how I felt when it was given to me, why I bought it, etc. I'm planning to contribute, I love the idea of memorializing lost things!

Becky, by the way, runs the fabulous wazo cafe gallery site, which hosted my knitted robots way back when. Thanks for that Becky!


At 3:05 PM , Blogger RBG said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Jess!

At 3:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am currently doing a very similar project in the Uk for my final year Masters degree in Drama. Through performance I want to explore objects and adornments that we lose and react irrationally and those which recall memories of a certain person. I am interested in the immortaility of objects in the light of our own morality, and is this why we get so attached. To the hope that material objects will keep a trace upon this earth for longer than we physically can. If you want to discuss further thoughts on objects and loss (ohh and by the way im using suitcases! which I thought was very interesting and my great grandma and grandma's possessions as a starting point), I'd be very happy to hear from you
Thanks Chloe


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