I started a drawing project to capture on paper and celebrate the physical things I own and have come to love. The reasons for loving them may be based on memories, sentimentality, hopes, dreams of what I want my life to look like and be about, things of comfort, things tinged with sadness and even loss, funny things and weird things – they all play a part in who I was, who I am, and who I am becoming.
As a minimalist in today’s consumptive culture, this is also a way for me to fight back and to say that there is value in objects, things shouldn’t be made to be quickly used and thrown into a landfill. More is not always better. I think one factor causing massive consumption in society today is speed and automation. People are so busy that they don’t take the time to care for their things and it’s easier to buy a new one than to fix the old one. Companies increase their profits by producing things that only work for a limited time so that the customer keeps returning.
I hope this project will bring mindfulness to appreciate the things I already own, as well as thoughtfulness in future purchases. I hope you will benefit from it as well.