talking objects (2015) 20’




“I made innumerable efforts to make words write without sense and found it impossible,” Gertrude Stein confessed. “Any human being putting down words had to make sense out of them.” Intended to be independent of suggesting remembering or feeling, Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons are still-lives and portraits of objects, food and rooms from within her home. Talking Objects moves in a cycle continually shifting between sense and nonsense, familiarity and alienation. The objects that one possesses, which have a tangible purpose in material life, have a story and observation of their own. These objects play a role in a larger system in which there is immense feeling.