Books of Ours
Through routine and familiarity, many common household objects go unnoticed and yet they serve such important roles in our homes. ‘Books’ as objects are treated quite the opposite, almost as precious commodities. There is an innate desire to flip through a book’s pages, and to keep it clean and intact.What happens when the home's unnoticed objects become books?
Books of Ours is a speculative installation that plays on the once necessary possession of private prayer books, the ‘Books of Hours.’ These books of late Medieval piety aided in satisfying the spiritual needs of the reader. The installation acts as a juxtaposition, where the focus is on overlooked objects in our home’s bathroom — objects valuable to our physical needs.The individual installation pieces are books, based on the fact that they have ‘pages’ that are ‘bound’ to one side.Each book is crafted to mimic textures we interact with according to daily routine — the sturdy bristles of a toothbrush, the tenderness of toilet paper, the fluffiness of a bathroom mat, and the soft bounce of facial cotton pads.
Accompanying the installation is a publication, documenting the processes undertaken to create each piece. Interlaced within the documentation is a collection of anonymously submitted moments witnessed, spent, and cherished with common household objects.
Books of Ours was exhibited in Central Park, aMBUSH Project Space, on 16–17 November, 2016.