Whether you desire to amass a collection of vintage cars, hand-painted jugs, 1920’s jewellery or Hello Kitty merchandise you’re not alone – reportedly over one third of the UK population are collectors.
Peter Blake, Damien Hirst and Martin Parr are just some of the well-known artists whose obsession with collecting has inspired and motivated their art. See their collections along with many other artists at the Barbican - Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, 12 February 2015 - 25 May 2015.
There are many psychoanalytical theories for why we love to collect things; emotional support – to recapture the early childhood comfort sort from inanimate objects such as a favourite teddy bear; existential angst – the collection being a legacy, an extension of us, that will live on after us. It has even been linked to the search for love – with the collection signaling a man’s ability to accumulate resources, an attractive quality in the mating game.
There are collectors who treat every new addition to their collection as part of a financial investment. But for most people, being a collector has nothing to do with financial gain. It is an emotionally driven action fueled by the thrill of the chase – the hours spent looking for a new or rare object to add to the set – which in itself is hugely enjoyable.
Fascinated by this craving, Eliza and I are currently working on a group of photographs that show people's personal collections – how and where they are displayed/stored. These are images that offer an insight into a very personal thought process, providing inspiration for – and thought provoking reactions from – the viewer.
If you have, or know of, a fabulous collection, please get in touch: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org