Object Empathy

Apr 1, 2021 - Apr 30, 2021


Do inanimate objects invoke empathy? In a material world, humans collect, buy, lose, trade, create things. We cherish objects and pass emotional sensibilities to lifeless materials. By imbuing things and stuff with sentimentality and living memory we animate our objects, but curator Kiah Butcher presents the question: how do we distinguish between what is 'me' and what is 'mine'?

The works of Alejandra Abad, Marco Cousins, and Daniel Granitto, explore ancestral, personal and familial stories that manifest empathy in their art. The personal effects, as chosen by the artists, arranged beside their art, invites the viewer to emotionally interact with and personify the objects, creating a dialogue between the art, the artist, and the object.