Foregrounded, 2021. Mixed media. 5 × 4 in.
The Last Bit of Change in My Pocket, 2021. Extra button bags, risograph print, collected rock, acrylic letters, old photograph, buttons, metal clip, safety pins, broken binder clip, and backless earring. 11 x 8.5 in.

Pieces of the past tether themselves to physical objects, which then carry this association with them throughout their existence. Once this marriage of the abstract and the tangible is established, the bond becomes unbreakable. This relationship is the crux of our tendency to collect. When we pick up an object and store it in a vessel such as a jar, photo album, or box, we assign it a home. It lives in a contained space outside of its original context, but it is still tied to its piece of the past. New conversations form between the objects that are housed together, and the accompanying ephemeral spirits settle into new narratives. The container becomes a time capsule, a unit in which fragments of curated experiences are sealed. Details from time and space are fossilized in this unit, allowing the collector to revisit moments from the past in an externalized museum. When all the collections collide, a personal

archive forms. Time dissolves, and past and present dance together to create a cabinet of curiosities in which fractured bits of time and space exist as one.

The act of collecting grounds me in my physical space. I am always conscious of the small details in my surroundings and constantly search for new additions to my various collections. Seeing all of my possessions from the past few years fossilized on my shelf brings me comfort and creates a space where I can recollect the experiences they represent. Miscellanea visualizes my memories and experiences as they are preserved through collection. Curation and exhibition allow my belongings to speak for themselves, giving them a voice to narrate my story as well as their own.