In summer 2018, I began asking friends, family and other participants to choose a few objects that they live with and that are special in some way: sentimental, frequently used or just interesting looking. I tried not to give them too much direction so that the participant had total control over the objects to be photographed. I then shot the objects in the room in which they exist. The backgrounds remain consistent in that the object is on a solid surface with a blank wall behind but they change in color and texture due to the style of the room. The photographs are put into grids based on common characteristics of the owners or the objects themselves.
I’ve approached this project with a psychological interest. I am interested in what objects people that share characteristics own and choose to have photographed. For example, do artists choose aesthetically interesting objects? Do older people choose sentimental items? The living space itself is also of interest. Do introverts have more colorful walls? The objects serve as a totem or punctum of the owner’s life.
Kristy Peet was born in Dallas, Texas and completed her undergraduate work at Austin College in Sherman, Texas and her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
She is a large format analog photographer focusing primarily on staged images conceptually related to the internal personal state. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across the US including a solo exhibition at the Dallas Contemporary. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Savanah College of Art and Design.
Kristy also served seven years as Vice President of BOX13 ArtSpace, an artist-run exhibition and studio space devoted to the creation and advancement of experimental contemporary art in Houston. Kristy lives and works in Houston, Texas. She is currently Professor of Art at College of the Mainland.