The thing is…. I

19 October 2010

The thing is I have so many things

 IMG_7665

“The thing is I have so many things,” she explained. “At last, I thought, here’s a chance to unburden myself. There are so many things to choose from, I wanted to give something that is part of me, literally, to become part of the collection. I have ideas of grandeur, you see. I feel like I’ve left a little piece of myself, I know that sounds cheesy. It’s a relief to have one less thing to go home with. It’s a good thing to release something. Every time I manage to let something go I feel I’m less like my father. I don’t want to leave a pile of stuff behind for other people to deal with.”

The thing is it reminds me of how difficult the most rewarding things are

 IMG_7830

“The thing is it reminds me of how difficult the most rewarding things are. It makes my heart beat fast and gives me butterflies. Despite the frustration caused and patience required in its making, I have an absolute unconditional love for it! I feel sad at the thought of letting it go, but happy if others can enjoy it for a while. I want to promote thinking ‘outside of the box’ and this is just one of the many ways.”

The thing is I made it myself

 IMG_7673

“The thing is I made it myself,” she described. “Now though it sits on my big wooden shelf with all the other finished pieces, accomplishments collecting dust. I feel nervous leaving it behind, it’s very fragile!”

The thing is I don’t really feel I have that much of connection to it

 IMG_7688

“The thing is,” she confessed. “I like the idea behind the tradition, but I don’t really feel I have that much of connection to it. To be honest I like the idea of having something of my own in a collection. It normally sits in a tiny box on my bedside table so I’m curious about who will look at it.”

The thing is it used to belong to my grandmother

 IMG_7650

“The thing is it used to belong to my grandmother so it’s special to me. In a way,” she muses, “it’s always been with me. I am a little worried to leave it here, I don’t think I’ll notice anything straight away but there’ll be a gap next to my record player.”

The thing is, it’s like a distant relative

 IMG_7697

“The thing is, it’s like a distant relative. It belongs to me but I never interact with it,” she confessed. “It sits on a shelf, it never gets used. I like the idea of leaving it here so that someone else can enjoy it. I am worried it might get broken but I am happy it’s being used for something. I probably won’t miss it to be honest, it’s sad that it’s gone but I won’t miss it.”

The thing is, they’ve become a daily attachment

 IMG_7639

“The thing is, they’ve become a daily attachment. All the time they are on my feet, but I find I try to hide them because of the embarrassment,” he admits. “I am motivated to participate with the exhibition, but I’ll feel naked without them – but also free of the constant restraint.”

The thing is it’s been on every adventure I’ve had

 IMG_7708

“The thing is it’s been on every adventure I’ve had,” he told me. “It was a present when I was twelve and it’s still in good working order. I don’t usually carry it with me everywhere I go, but at home it’s always within easy reach – in a drawer, chucked in a basket. I just came back from Mongolia, it was the only thing I brought back with me. I guess because it’s easily pocketable and it holds so many memories. I feel it’s going into safe hands, I think it will be ok.”

The thing is it doesn’t have any deeply personal significance

 IMG_7722

“The thing is,” she said, “it doesn’t have any deeply personal significance, but it’s so wrapped up in my art practice. It’s on display in the kitchen hanging from a hook found in Deptford Creek, the house is turning into a museum. This is the first I bought, from ebay. I now have 4 of them.” I asked her why she’d bought her thing. She told me she loved the idea of a collection that spoke of humanity, that tapped into people’s desire to show things, “Things that might not have amazing physical attributes, but that reveal something of a person, something that recognises the beauty of things.”

The thing is a passport

 IMG_7713

“The thing is a passport,” she explained, “to a journey. A journey I travelled weekly, commuting between Edinburgh and London to see my husband. For six months I got the train, I have a stack of tickets two inches high sitting at home. This one is symbolic of that difficult time, it is more than just a train ticket. I’m glad it now has another life, that something else will happen to it, instead of it just being recycled.”