Objects are used for decoration, enjoyment, or to assist with an endless number of everyday tasks; but some objects do much more. In a family of collectors, I have always been interested in human-object relationships. Five years ago I realized the importance objects play in my life, and I continued researching this idea.
There are billions of rocks in the world, but the rock I quietly noticed on the south fjord in Norway made its way to my bookshelf, and has become a significant object in my life. When I look at this rock I think of my amazing Scandinavian adventure, my family history, and other new places I want to travel. This rock is more than just an object, it is a catalyst that allows me to think about about my relationships and experiences, and through conversations could allow me to share these stories with others.
This interactive exhibition was created as part of my MFA thesis for Graphic Design and Museum Studies at the University of Minnesota. I wrote a research paper in conjunction with this project, with supporting literature and design research.