Michelle Spark

Significant Objects: Book of Photos

Book of photos and interviews.  During a Buddhist Practice period, in Fall 2003, known as “Ango” or Peaceful Dwelling, we engaged in an art practice using a “koan” or barrier question. The assignment was to explore and focus on a singular object and enter its world for 3 months of study.

Signless-ness, or objectless-ness represents Buddhist reality:. There is no inherent “thingness” to anything. Every thing and every one is impermanent and interdependent.

Therefore, curious about human attachments to “things” I asked people in life, about their history and attachment to an object of “significance”. My method was: ask the question above, record responses, and photograph a portrait.

A person is present.