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Student: Lucy Bea Jost
Course: Research and Thesis Project
Program: Grad Student

Instilling a sense of humor, nostalgia, and personal memory, my work explores how childhood artifacts visually communicate details of our relationship with material culture and our past and present selves.  Inspired by children’s toys sourced from thrifts stores across Wisconsin, these objects inspire narrative environments that speak to our relationship with items of the past, the dichotomy between childhood and adulthood, and the “grown-up” associations we might make with these items today.  I am inspired by how objects can retain memory, leaving us to wonder who owned them and what experiences were made around such items.  These dream-like spaces stand as a dialogue between our “stuff” and us, prompted by object associations and the memories, emotions, and actions evoked through sensorial experiences with the work.