Kimberly McKinnis
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Keep

Keep

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Bits of hair, animal bones, and baby teeth—some of you may have these items tucked away for safe-keeping. Attached to a memory or retained as curiosities, seemingly mundane objects may hold more value for one person than the next.

 The pieces in this installation, although discarded then found at the local thrift, have been given a new life as I build a space to explore the reasons why we save certain things and not others.

 We are all collectors of some kind. Tokens and trinkets can record our past experiences and even tell tales of relationships past. If an artist’s job is to create pieces for contemplation, I ask you to consider the objects you have already curated into your own life as a meditation on what it means to keep.

 

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