Part of my portfolio includes this project called Weaving Narratives: Possessions = Autobiographies, it is an exploration into how any ad hoc grouping of objects has some kind of inherent narrative, albeit a selected and limited narrative; but it is a narrative nonetheless.
When I was a boy I remember my father keeping a box of items that meant a lot to him. I keep a box like this too. The Italian blacksmith that I apprenticed under also kept boxes of items, but on a different scale; when he died I got one of those boxes: we call it a storage unit in American English.
As I was going through all of the contents of the storage unit I realized that there were real life stories attached to these items. Some of those stories are true, others might be true, and some of them are fiction (i.e., speculation). I started calling the items from the storage unit the story of How to Be an Old Man.
This really influenced how I started to put things together. In fact, I wanted to create an abstraction of the possible story behind all of this stuff. I started to think about books I have read and how I like the books that give descriptions of the little items and objects that the characters possess; these little details made the story more believable, less artificial…some how knowing about the possessions of a person gives them a sort of credibility.
Anyway, the image above is part of my attempt at crafting a book without words, and it is potentially an infinite number of narratives that can be construed and re-construed in any number of ways. Think about it…looking at the image above, how many different kinds of explanations can you come up with for a narrative that strings them together?
More to come…