“Clutter erupts back into our lives, however ruthless our attempts to control it. Even more disturbingly, it oscillates wildly between categories when subjected to any attempt to impose intellectual order on its physicality.”

“Clutter slips through a simplistic mechanism of binary oppositions. Though it is personal as opposed to impersonal, it can be as much an attack on the self as an expression of it. Clutter is both illumination and condemnation. It reveals what we wish to keep hidden, but also long to reveal. It is a category of time which invades our space, a mobile and fluid part of the self, which opens up an Aladdin’s cave to the future as well as the past. But at any moment the lights will go on, and the tawdry trappings will be revealed for what they are.”

From Jane Graves, Clutter, Issues in Architecture, Art and Design vol.5 no.2 1998, pp.62-9

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