There is a tacit understanding that common household objects have their own specific purpose and place in the maps of our homes. However, through routine and familiarity, many go unnoticed. Books as objects are treated as quite the opposite, almost like precious commodities. There is an innate desire to flip through a book’s pages, and to keep it clean and intact.
What happens when these unnoticed objects become books?
Books of Ours is a speculative installation that plays on the once necessary possession of private prayer books, the ‘Books of Hours.’ Such books of late Medieval piety and prayer aided in satisfying the spiritual needs of the reader. The installation acts as a juxtaposition, where the focus is on overlooked objects in our home’s bathroom—objects that are valuable to our physical needs.
The installation pieces act as books that mimic the textures we interact with according to daily routine. Accompanying the installation is a publication, documenting the processes undertaken to create each piece. Interlaced within the documentation is a collection of anonymously submitted moments witnessed, spent, and cherished with common household objects.