By creating these objects and offering them up for interaction, I aim to explore and challenge our tangled perceptions of material and sentimental value. Combining functional and visual qualities of a toy with the intimacy and intricacy of body adornment encourages viewers to embrace the pain of nostalgia, rediscover the child within them, and to perhaps discover something about themselves through play and unhindered self-expression.
Imaginary Frienemies is a series of interactive objects that represent my own decades-long-struggles with mental health and self-care, and the distinct brand of nostalgia that I harbor for these struggles. The algia in nostalgia means “pain” and the nost in the word means “homecoming.” The forms are inspired by the tactile and visual stimulants of some of my favorite toys as a child, all of which invoke painful memories that feel like home. By creating these objects and offering them up for interaction, I aim to explore and challenge our tangled perceptions of material and sentimental value. Combining functional and visual qualities of a toy with the intimacy and intricacy of body adornment encourages viewers to embrace the pain of nostalgia, rediscover the child within them, and to perhaps discover something about themselves through play and unhindered self-expression.
imaginary frenemies
Photos taken by Katy Ice of Katy’s Photography, Kansas
By creating these objects and offering them up for interaction, I aim to explore and challenge our tangled perceptions of material and sentimental value. Combining functional and visual qualities of a toy with the intimacy and intricacy of body adornment encourages viewers to embrace the pain of nostalgia, rediscover the child within them, and to perhaps discover something about themselves through play and unhindered self-expression.
Imaginary Frienemies is a series of interactive objects that represent my own decades-long-struggles with mental health and self-care, and the distinct brand of nostalgia that I harbor for these struggles. The algia in nostalgia means “pain” and the nost in the word means “homecoming.” The forms are inspired by the tactile and visual stimulants of some of my favorite toys as a child, all of which invoke painful memories that feel like home. By creating these objects and offering them up for interaction, I aim to explore and challenge our tangled perceptions of material and sentimental value. Combining functional and visual qualities of a toy with the intimacy and intricacy of body adornment encourages viewers to embrace the pain of nostalgia, rediscover the child within them, and to perhaps discover something about themselves through play and unhindered self-expression.
imaginary frenemies