Sunday, August 22, 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.
Actually none of the things are passports.ReplyDelete
In soviet union it was all about papers, certificates, books. It was even joked at in the Perestroika times, my father gave my mother a certificte of a beloved woman.
I'm not sure how to translate into English, but you have:
left-hand top corner: a certificate №4 stating that the holder is a "veteran of work"
middle line, two left docs: trade union ticket and a grey membership cooperative card
couldn't make out the one in the bottom left-hand corner
then in the middle, the big white book is a certificate given in Ukraine (although it was all USSR, obviously) stating that the holder was studying at a faculty "majoring" in rural law (whatever that means)) and passed an exam
the small pink book in the middle says, i guess, that the person was good at his work at the factory and the red-letter quote on the left says "We will reach the victory of the communist labour" (not sure I translated accurately)
on the right part you have two certificates (it's two different names in Russian, but the translate as "certificate" both)
Just thought you might be interested. That's an impressive collection, I've never seen these things =)
wow, this one is truly a unique collection! I'm surprised these were even available for purchase somewhere. I would love a little back storyReplyDelete
wow, this is so cool =]ReplyDelete
trolleybus: Thanks for the info!! Very interesting!! I really appreciate it.ReplyDelete
I would love this collection. Lucky you!ReplyDelete
love that this is only part 1 of the collection.. amazed and cant wait to see part 2!ReplyDelete
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You have a great blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?ReplyDelete
There are some interesting points in time in this article but I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article, thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as wellReplyDelete