*Art Making as a Response (to the relationship with personal collections)
*Human Connection (relating to others with new knowledge and understanding to inspire further inquiry)
*Conceptual Understanding (in acquisition, self discovery and ultimately making)
collection: Jello Molds (AC1, AC2)
K: "If I can find it online what's the point, the joy is finding it in the store." (AC1)
MW: "so jello molds were on your radar before you [called them] a collection just because of...?"
K: "I think, they way they looked. I just like them."
Collecting and Collage-Making: The Case of Kurt Schwitters, Roger Cardinal (p. 68)
"Every acquisition, whether crucial or trivial, marks an unrepeatable conjuncture of subject, found object, place and moment. In it's sequential evolution, the collection encodes an intimate narrative, tracing what Proust calls 'Le fil des heures, l'ordre des années et des mondes' - the continuous thread through which selfhood is sewn into the unfolding fabric of a lifetime's experience." (AC2)
collections: books (AC1, AC2, AC3)
MW: "...when did you start collecting these?"
MM: "Well, um, I feel like there’s a couple books...see, this book right here, uh, this is my copy of how to draw comics the marvel way. I’ve had this book since I was, like, probably...12? So, I’ve been like, always ‘owning books’ ever since I was a kid. Like, that was the thing, when I was a kid my younger brother would be the person who’d be like ‘I want clothes’ ‘I want a guitar’ and I’d be like, ‘I want some books’." (AC3)
Art Practice as Research, G. Sullivan (p.115)
"Maxine Greene says that art can't change things, but it can change people, who can change things. [...] Using the visual arts to turn questions into understanding that give rise to more questions not only describes an aesthetic process of self-realization but also describes a research process. If we believe that the outcome of inquiry is the creation of new knowledge, then "knowing", or the capacity to use our understanding in new ways, will always be incomplete. Although this sense of unknowing propels the imagination as Maxine reminds us, there is always an element of completion as our new knowledge helps us understand things we did not know before." (AC3)
collection: plastic bags (LC1, LC3)
P: "when I was a little kid we use to plastic bags to make christmas wreaths out of. We'd cut them into [strips] and tie them around a wire...So...that might be partly why I started collecting these..." (LC3)
P: "I can tell you literally nothing about where these bags came from."
MW: "But you know that you enjoy them."
P: "I just love the art on them. It's simple." (LC3)
A Rationale of Collecting, G. Thomas Tanselle (p. 1)
"Like every human behavior, collecting is complex enough that there is always something more to be said about it. The attempt to understand collecting not only adds to our knowledge of human nature but also enhances the experience of collecting itself. For whether one collects Renaissance paintings or cigar boxes, Greek antiquities or coffee mugs, rare books or advertising brochures, one's sense of self awareness is increased by being able to place one's own endeavors in a framework that comprehends the full panoply of related pursuits."