Guest Editor Profile – Ted BarkerPosted: March 20, 2011
Where do you normally get your things?
Thrift stores, antique stores, family and friends.
What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
It’s hard to choose only one. I have a favorite paintbrush, a favorite photograph, a favorite piece of artwork and things that mean alot because of who gave them to me.
However since I need to choose one outstanding object, I’ll say a box I found at a goodwill store.
It’s an incredible carved wooden box. It’s obviously very old and obviously hand made. The top and sides are carved with an odd assortment of figures and animals. On the top is carved the words “TO LIZ FROM BROTHER STEVE” which is brilliantly sentimental in a sort of naive way. I was immediately captivated by the beautiful simplicity of the gesture of carving the gift message directly onto the object. It permanently imbues it with sentiment.
The specificity of the names and the fact that it was in a thrift store, gave it an aura of sadness as well. Who were these people and what happened to them for this blatantly personal object to be discarded? It hints at an entire history of two people and their relationship. To me it is utterly captivating.
Out of all the objects I have bought second hand this was the one that needed rescue the most. It was too unique to be a left in the banality of a store.