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Many participants in the Everyday Object project brought in items they made themselves, like this red-tailed hawk carved out of wood. Photos by Danielle Zerbonne
Objects tell their story
Mixed media artist Valerie Sonnenthal is interested in your stuff. That favorite teacup you've used every morning since college, the one-eyed cloth monkey you've held onto since you were five, a treasured ornament given to you by your great-aunt: such objects have incredible stories to tell, if only someone would ask. Ms. Sonnenthal has had a lifelong interest in the things with which people surround themselves. "What are the things that make people feel at ease in their lives?" she asks. "By sharing some of these significant objects we can learn something about ourselves."
Artist Valerie Sonnenthal pins up one last photograph alongside others from the project while sharing some of the stories with Shirley Mayhew, who stopped by to enjoy them.
Several people who participated in the Everyday Object project brought in things that they themselves had made: a painted self-portrait, a red-tailed hawk carved into wood. For some of these people, "making art is their life," says Ms. Sonnenthal, and therefore those objects are really a part of themselves. Others brought items that they use every day - a favorite pair of shoes bought in Paris, a colorful beaded hair clip, a cappuccino machine. Then there are the things people have had in their lives since childhood, stuffed bunnies and lambs, love-worn and long-carried.