In my work, I often conduct experiments, setting things in motion and then stepping back to observe what happens. This approach is central to this project, an enactment of my ideas about layered histories and how they become imprinted in matter. Reinventing the Wheel considers an individual within a system of circulation and examines how the accumulated histories of its use are recorded in its surface.

A single found object was cycled through 14 people over 14 days. With each change of hands the object was reborn or reinvented, realizing 14 different incarnations through its relationships with 14 different people. Each new relationship redefined it, and with each new use the object was put to, its surface took on the marks of that use. So when one person used it as a pushpin cushion, the next person received it bearing the marks of the pins; and when another person later dipped it in ink and used it as a stamp to make a series of imprints on paper, the person after that received it stained with the ink. By the end of the 14 cycles it was black in color and weighed 4g less than when it began its circulation.

This project appears in the publicationTwo Weeks, Fourteen Days, One Fortnight, a compilation of thesis work from Rhode Island School of Design’s MFA program in Graphic Design, Class of 2008. Available through Lulu.com at http://www.lulu.com/content/2423072