Piper Palm Imperial
Photography Pigment Print Photography Pigment Print
28” x 28”
“Some objects have an irresistible effect, as if we were tied to them by a wire.”
-James Elkins, The Object Stares Back
My uncle’s matchbook collection captivated me: hundreds of matches roughly the same shape and size jammed into a giant, glass hurricane jar. Examining them
individually, I marveled at the breadth of bars, restaurants, and special special
occasions commemorated on the covers, and registered both their artistry and
banality. Time’s passage was palpable as I handled the worn and dusty matches, many of the establishments long closed. The trail of matchbooks through the decades acted as a roadmap to part of my uncle’s life.
I believe the matchbooks’ embedded histories and their form elicited in me the
“irresistible effect” Elkins describes. Intense looking and a desire to fully
investigate the physicality of the objects allowed me to embark on a visual
transformation that brings new life and appreciation to an old collection.
top of page
bottom of page