2022 Student Research Conference:
35th Annual Student Research Conference

A Separation Between Myself and My things

Rianna Rice
Prof. Priya S. Kambli, Faculty Mentor

Where is the line between myself and my things? What about you and your things? My belongings define me, without them I am simply a naked body. Are belongings more significant than me? They will stand the test of time. They will remain when I am forgotten, a whisper of my identity. 

Perhaps I want to be just another belonging. Belongings are loved and cherished. They do not endure fear, or sadness. I allow myself to be warmly enveloped by my surroundings, safely submerged in my environment, softly buried. 

Here is where the body of work begins. In these photographs I am engulfed by mirrors, and swallowed by my clothing. Colors become simplistic and monotone; I am distorted. 

People are not things, but perhaps made up of things. To draw a line between my belongings and I is to revoke personality. To separate is to sever identity, and erase memory. 


Keywords: identity, belongings, things, memory, distorted

Studio Art

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 201-2
Location: SUB Alumni Room
Time: 10:30

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