Tag Archives: Collections

Meaning in a Matchbox – Article for Archivos Magazine


I have written an article for Archivoz: International Archives Magazine about Indian matchboxes. The article discusses the visual and social significance of these objects as well as my personal journey through collecting, archiving and digitising over 750 labels.

Read my article here.

Archivoz is an informative digital journal in blog format relating to archives and records management.

The New Indian Express – Interview

A short interview in The New Indian Express today about my Matchbox Collection…



Collections at Fictilis

100 of my Indian matchboxes are currently featured in ‘Collections’, a show at Fictilis Gallery, Seattle. This “collection of collections” runs until 30th March.

Information about the exhibition and the artists involved can be read here. Photographs from the opening can also be seen here.


Collections at Fictilis Gallery, Seattle

‘Collections’ at Fictilis Gallery, Seattle. Featuring 100 of my Indian matchboxes.




Collections that require some kind of creative categorization or idiosyncratic taxonomy. Collections that draw attention to the processes and politics of collecting.

Opening March 1st 2012 (reception 6-9pm) at FICTILIS. [Facebook event link.]

A collection of collections. Featuring work by:

Center for Genomic Gastronomy
Gina Coffman
Michael Demers

Adam Farcus

Timothy Furstnau
Alan S. Hokins
Tim Hutchings

Mary Anne Kluth
Matt Lee
Noah Pedrini
Ben Pranger
Mary Rothlisberger
Hugh Russell
Dominic Sansone
Sarah Sinclair
Abby Spangel Perry
Ryan Thompson

The world’s largest collection of “mailpiece security screens” (or envelope patterns).  A collection of “meteorwrongs” (rocks mistakenly identified as meteorites) from the Arizona State University’s famous collection.  A set of ceramic models based on a geologist’s verbal descriptions of favorite rocks. A small, traveling natural history museum that holds a lovingly assembled and ever changing exhibit of natural objects.A collection of sticky notes found all over the world. Selections from the Play Generated Map and Document Archive of paper documents created during play. A collection of 120 shoe heels found on the streets of Chicago between the years 1989-1992, with map marking each location. Photographic documentation of lost tennis balls. Twenty 1970s photographs whose provenance is unknown. A collection of matchboxes from the India. An archive of collections of dried slugs, pet coffins, clay and shell sculptures, sweater lint art, and more from a 1980s childhood. 30 variations of Cobra Commander action figures arranged according to color. Crushed Crush bottles and cans photographed exactly as they are found.  A collection of used 35mm film canisters, flattened and photographed in a uniform method. One month’s worth of preserved food for an adult human. Two years worth of nail clippings. Four years of beard clippings. Seven years of drain catch from a New York City loft. A collection of tiny, unholdable pieces of bar soap melded together. A lifetime of daily to-do lists.

And more….

Exhibition runs through March 30th.