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An object, no matter how mundane, gains significance
once it has been a part of someone’s life. A used object is
evidence of a life lived. These objects are what remain
after we move on. And in our absence they acquire an
even more precious nature, as they assure the
permanence of our memory and act as a reminder of our
legacy. There is an urgency in preserving these things, as
they may be our last chance to feel a closeness to their
previous owners. They become ghosts, a lingering
I began collecting when I was very young, and now it is a
habitual act. The structure itself is made almost entirely
from found wood, much of it coming into this
installation with its own interesting back story—panels
from a house built in 1917, an old schoolhouse, a police
station, a rehab center, flooring from a boys’ school
gymnasium from the 1940’s.
What Got Lost In The Fire is an autobiographical
installation. A display of objects of varying significance I
have collected over the years of my life thus far. Some
attached to important moments and memories, some
merely appealing to my eye. These are the artifacts of my
existence, the detritus of my individual and inimitable
experience. I hope to invoke in my audience a relatable
nostalgia, and a curiosity for the stories around and
between these objects.
A sincere thanks to all those who have helped me with
this project, namely John and Sheila Lees, Jeffrey
Gibson, Stephen Schreiber, Sarah Ulfik, and Logan
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