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A Box, Unfinished.
A Box, Unfinished.
Photo Description:
The piece is a box that has two openings, and is covered on both sides with printed text from 'The Mystery Book'. The box was part of an ongoing conceptual idea about Limbo, the 'Land of the Unfinished', that resides between Life and Death. This fictional world I had created (as part of 'Mystery and Imagination') was a place for things that were never completed; inventions that were only half-made, books that were never finished being written, and in this case, for people who had unfinished business left to do before they died. I wondered what would happen if a person became trapped in Limbo on their way to the Afterlife because they were unable to move on from the things that they left unfinished on Earth. The box follows the story of this nameless person as he wanders around Limbo, keeping track of things he does in a notebook, and storing curious objects in the box. The writing on the box also has meaning; they are pages taken from a real book, but cetain sections of text are concealed, changing the meaning of the remaining text and making a new story out of it, all of which link to the story of the man in Limbo. The idea was that if the viewer looks carefully enough at what they are presented with, they can unwravel the mystery of what the box means and how it came to be there. Otherwise, it is just an odd box covered in writing.
Author
Floss Hafter-Smith , 17 yrs