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NANCY MITCHELL MA TEXTILES MAY 2012 pdf

Summary

Human relationships with objects are complex and multi-faceted. Attempting to unravel the ‘tangled web we weave’ has become further complicated by the subjective nature of the study. Fascination with my objects has become central to the discussion of connections between objects and people, and has prompted an almost autobiographical project.

Each chapter explores components which contribute to the way we live with and through possessions. The first chapter, ‘The Familiar Object and Memory,’ discusses the object as fetish in terms of the importance of family identity and heritage. Objects are used to symbolise, glorify and reinforce the authenticity and strength of our origin. ‘The Second-Hand and the Uncanny,’ follows on to discuss the acquiring and possessing of second-hand objects to express and literally construct the self. Questioning the uncanny and the attachment of stories to objects has been key to understanding and challenging the use of heirloom and second-hand objects in identity formation.

Chapter 3, ‘The Other ‘Nancy’ and Post-Memory,’ explores an idea that I am collecting fragments of myself by gathering these objects. I not only find elements to signify aspects of my personality and identity, but more specifically I seek an affinity of sorts; I find myself in objects. The final chapter, ‘The Envelope and the Album,’ investigates how my collection of objects can be preserved and contained. Exploring envelopes as signifiers of message, narrative and communication has become a significant element in my practice, as has the use of books as ‘containers’ of meaning. The significance and connotations of my objects shifts in their different arrangements within an ‘album’ or book, similar to the way new narratives appear through combinations of photographs in a family album.

The resulting project attempts to address not only my relationship with objects, but also broader themes with which the reader will, hopefully, identify.

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