Hello to all my Facebook Friends (as of March 1st, 2015),
I made something for you, a gift. I transformed found pewter objects (teapots, cups, plates, and bowls) into pocket sized vessels, one for each of my Facebook friends. Yours was designed specifically for you.
To receive your gift, I must place it in your hand.
I spend a lot of time on social media. With this project I am looking to you, my online friends, to help me practice face to face interaction.
Online, I turn to you for advice, validation and support. I feel involved in your life when I see your pictures, like your status, or comment on your posts. I value your friendship and feel connected to you.
For me, the space between us is comfortable. Me at my device and you at yours. This distance makes our online friendship complicated. On one hand, it safely satisfies my need for human connection. Online I do not feel alone. On the other hand, it strips away the vulnerability that is unavoidable in conversation. Face to face I have less control over what I say.
Your gift contains a message. This message is one you will not receive instantly, it is sealed within the walls of the vessel. You can destroy the vessel and receive the message, or you can keep it intact, allowing the vessel to be a reminder of the unpredictable nature of conversation.
I look forward to seeing you again, or for the first time.
– Lucy Louise Derickson
March 1st, 2015
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Selfies with friends who have received their vessel. I still have many left to give.
When the vessel is given to my friend, a selfie is taken. The empty shelf that remains has a QR Code that links to each image.