Consisting of five books composed of various objects from my personal collections, ReCollections examines my propensity for collecting objects and my connection to those accumulated items. Since I was a child, I have had an affinity for acquiring and preserving objects, be they coins, postcards, old photographs, tickets, brochures, business cards, or the like. Sometimes I collected those items for specific reasons – for the unique meaning or memory they encapsulated – while other times I simply collected them out of impulse or unexplainable attraction. Over time as I revisit these items, I am often confronted with the seeming irrationality of my retention of such seemingly insignificant objects. However, I also recognize rationale in my retention to preserve past moments, memories, and emotions in the form of these physical objects. ReCollections provided me with the space and time to grapple with my desire to collect, reflect on the act of collecting, and contemplate my curation of these collections. Leafing through my collection of what I call “paper souvenirs,” I selected both objects with greater personal significance – like the movie tickets and the photograph of my grandmother (who likewise collected) – and those with less significance – like the fortunes and business cards. Regardless of the objects’ inherent importance, I transformed them impartially into book formats that lent them greater meaning and coherence. Interacting with my book, which takes the form of a “keepsake box,” I hope the viewer feels the same sense of intimacy and wonder that I feel when going through my own collections.
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Snoap, Morgan, "ReCollections" (2019). 14th Annual Student Book Arts Competition. 16.