COLLECTING MOMENTS

ALLIE WATTS
(she/her)
wattsak@vcu.edu

My thesis focuses on a personal practice that exists in a small moleskine journal consisting of collaged materials I collect each day. I call these pages “moments”, because they exist alone and together as a sequence of things willing to hold meaning for each viewer. While researching the fundamentals of why I am drawn to this process, I began asking questions about why I am attracted to the material I use. I favor small, two-dimensional, paper-like materials mostly, with the occasional three-dimensional items.

I found answers in a reading by Marilynn Gelfman Karp titled Caught In The Act Of Collecting. This told me that collecting relays empowerment– limited only by one's imagination and desire– while also giving the satisfaction of fulfilling one's sense of personal achievement. Karp also spoke on what makes a collection special to the individual, stating that an object of material culture is any object that a person deems worthy of collecting. Proving that it is up to the collector's eye to place value, and it is there that we see the positionality of the objects present in my work. Each moment creates a different experience with the viewer based on their relation with the object.

Each week I took my collected materials and fabricated multiple spreads in my journal which have been republished as postcards that are available for sale on my thesis site. These cards invite you to take a moment to collect your thoughts, and then send them out for someone else to collect.