Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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This is a blog documenting a project that will span exactly one year, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. On each of those 365 days, I will photograph or draw (and occasionally paint) one collection. Most of the collections are real and exist in my home or studio; those I will photograph. Some are imagined; those I will draw or (occasionally) paint.
Since I was a young girl, I have been obsessed both with collecting and with arranging, organizing and displaying my collections. This is my attempt to document my collections, both the real and the imagined. Some of my collections are so large that I will need to photograph them separately over several days. I will likely not attempt to photograph collections in which the individual pieces are large in size or awkward in shape (i.e. my art collection or vintage enamel dishware collection). The only rule is that I must photograph or draw a whole or part of a collection each day for 365 days and post the result here on this blog.
The practice of collecting and documenting collections is as old as the hills. I want onlookers here to know that I do not profess to be doing anything new or unique or ingenious. I am embarking on this project because I love my collections, and I want to document them in a way that makes sense to me, and share them with whoever might be interested in looking at them.
This blog is open for comments. I encourage you to share your thoughts about what memories the photographs and drawings of my collections spark for you and what, if any, sense of nostalgia or repulsion they make you feel.
For those of you who have stumbled here and don’t already know me, my name is Lisa Congdon. I am an artist and illustrator, and I live in the Mission District of San Francisco with my partner Clay Lauren Walsh and our Chihuahua Wilfredo and two cats, Barry and Margaret. If you are interested, you can see the kind of artwork I make on my website or on the website of my illustration agent, Lilla Rogers. If you would like to see what my home looks like (as it contains many of my collections) you can see a house tour here. You can view my studio (also a repository) here.
LOVELY! The colors are awesome in this one!ReplyDelete
so cool that there is a crooked one, it gives character to the photograph.ReplyDelete
good to have a crooked something... it makes it more real.ReplyDelete
I like your day 70. I've linked my blog to yours.ReplyDelete
If you look at my THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 post you'll see one of my collected items: paper tickets!
Very colorful and fun!ReplyDelete
this remindes me of my childhood and the drawer and cabinet in the server that I was aloud to take from.ReplyDelete
I always wanted to leave my bright BABY plastic and malamine for the silver, glass and porcelain my parrents and older sibling ate with
now Im a touch meloncholy those bright carefree days are only captured in pictures and memories of the past
This isn't really a collectionReplyDelete
Foodie: It's collected, so it's a collection! When you have a project you get to write the rules. Relax and have fun!ReplyDelete
oh i have a set of these! only just the knives, like twenty knives, nothing else, maybe the handles are more ornate, but those exact colors. . .ReplyDelete
Such yummy colors!ReplyDelete