personal belongings embedded in plaster
Belongings accumulated over two years are sorted by color (white, blue, orange, brown, black, red) and frozen in plaster time capsules. As part of the installation, a book situated nearby catalogs the ephemera within each brick and describes moments when each object in the block changed colors. For example, a piece of a book with black text fades completely to white from repeated trampling or a clear piece of hot glue accidentally sits on a window sill for months and when found, has yellowed. Permanence is contrasted with transience, transformation, and entropy. Seemingly insignificant moments and “trash” are elevated into vehicles to hold personal interactions, memories, and the residue of a lived experience.
Click images below to read a small sampling of pages from the book. Each page includes an image of a brick and its accompanying writing.
photograph of work at Washington College (photographs from Washington College taken by Julie Wills)