Still Life, or When You’re Away the Walls Speak Your Name

Created by Charles Campbell, October 2009.

Objects, surfaces and textures are an intimate part of our everyday lives — the matter out of which our selves are formed. Our memories, dreams, thoughts and emotions are shaped by our surroundings.

But this process works in reverse as well: our imaginations discover the life in what appears to be inanimate — giving external shape to our inner lives.

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5 Comments

  1. Tamara Ober

    Posted on 12 Oct ’09 at 4:13 pm

    this is a pretty cool idea… I really love it!!thanks…. good good stuff! tamara

  2. N. Finney

    Posted on 12 Oct ’09 at 5:26 pm

    Ahhhh! GRAY WALLS!!! I liked the thumb tacks best. Also, the eyebrows.

  3. Megan Mayer

    Posted on 3 Dec ’09 at 4:46 pm

    Gahhhh! You got me with those damn postcards hook, line and sinker. I realize after watching again how much this piece influenced mine before I made it; I referenced stole the closeup eyes-closed shot as well as the fragments of hands. And the corner-of-cube shots. And the silence in between music selections. So, um, thanks. The breathing, struggling drawer breaks my heart.

  4. Paula Doyle

    Posted on 9 Dec ’09 at 9:46 am

    Charles, this is wonderful. Like all good art and I keep saying this it gives you space to reflect and let emotion wash over you. Thought-provoking, painful, lovely. Birdsong gets me every time.

  5. Nor Hall

    Posted on 1 Jan ’10 at 12:28 pm

    fantastic idea. I like how spare it is so like those cubicles and elegant and gray– even the sound color have to struggle against the office numbing. Perfect.

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