This thesis explores the essential qualities that make one person different from others, particularly the characteristics of the self that determine identity through vernacular, ephemeral objects and everyday experiences. I aim to examine and formulate questions related to the role that systems, rules and authority play in the formation of that personal sense of uniqueness. Themes addressed include the relationship of the real and photographic verisimilitude and the role of the artist in the process. I investigate these issues by establishing a set of rules to create a photographic inventory of all the objects that entered and exited my apartment during a three-month period, from March 21, 2010 to June 20, 2010. Employing a working method rooted theoretically in conceptual art practices, Inventory uses the most common quotidian tasks of the everyday as a means of bringing closer together the art object and life.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Photography, Artistic--Themes, motives; Photography, Artistic--Technique; Conceptual art--Themes, motives; Conceptual art--Technique

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


O’Neil, Elaine

Advisor/Committee Member

Sheffield, Clarence Jr


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