Friday, November 15, 2013
A collection can explain a lot about a person. Not only is it just a gathering of objects but it is a story in a way. It's as if each little piece is a page in one big book. A collection can show a person's interests, hobbies, favorite colors, etc. It can go on to explain happy memories or even go on to show their whole life.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
When it comes to collecting, you obtain a bunch of stuff. When it comes to hoarding, you obtain a bunch of stuff. With that said, it is easy to say that they are the same. For me personally, I think that they are two completely opposite things.
Collecting: to gather together; assemble.
Collecting, to me, takes more time and attention compared to hoarding. It also contains more emotions. A person who collects tends to have a connection or a reason to collect while hoarding is just... well... hoarding. As seen in the definition, collecting also means to assemble. So in a way, a collection is something with a theme. Something that can be assembled and categorized. A collection could revolve around color, toys, seashells, and many more! In a nutshell, collecting is hoarding with a meaning behind it. One of the artists we discussed in class is Portia Munson. She manages to create many collections and she makes it very obvious what the theme is even without reading the title.
Hoarding: the act of someone who hoards; a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation.
If the pictures aren't enough to show that hoarding and collecting are different, I don't know what is. Hoarding can be classified as messy, unorganized, and for lack of better words, all over the place. The act of hoarding can actually be known as a mental disease/disorder where the person diagnosed feels connection to unimportant objects, such as a pizza box! I guess in a way, hoarding could be classified as the collection of trash. Although collecting seems to be more on purpose, hoarding tends to be more unintentional. In all honesty, hoarding gives me a head ache! Just looking at the hoarding picture makes me crazy, while looking at a collection makes me emotionally attached and makes me see art.