Dear Objects, is a personal, diaristic documentation of everyday life that combines brief stories and still-life photographs. Experiencing everyday moments as a single parent in an expatriated situation, this body of work collects personal memories through temporary or worthless things. Capturing everyday objects of little value from around the home is for remembering and holding indelible memories of daily occurrences. By using domestic settings with objects in a given natural light, this photo/text work depicts ephemeral moments and shares nostalgic memories by taking the viewer on a journey through time. The Korean texts, accompanying the photographs, are written by hand with a grey, metallic pen as a metaphor of intimacy and value. Applying translated texts in English on vellum paper conveys nostalgic sensitivity through its translucent trait of the material while Korean and English texts are overlaying each other within the book form. The impression of vanishing or fainted memories along with the impression of unobtainable stories are both intended by overlapping the texts. Using soft natural light for photographing still lifes creates a quiet ambience. These still-life images and succinct texts explore the process of remembering, forgetting, and holding onto the intangible reminiscences. Dear Objects, not only tells a story of a personal journey, but suggests universal experiences through thoughtful reflection.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Photography, Artistic; Still-life photography; Artists' books; Nostalgia in art; Memory in art

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Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Christine Shank

Advisor/Committee Member

Roberley Bell


RIT – Main Campus

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