photos by Savinien Caracostea

AWKWARD #9: Purse

This installment of AWKWARD aims to encapsulate the Cornell undergraduate lifestyle, by creating a composite character - based on a range of student lifestyles - through the presentation of a lost purse. By looking through the purse, the reader is exposed to a collection of elements (letters, diaries, sketchbook, Polaroids) revolving around the life of a fictitious Cornell student. Each item can stand alone as an intimist work, but is understood in relation to the others within the framework of a real life experience: finding a strangers purse. Through the objectification of the publication - the purse - a voyeuristic experience emerges as the reader finds himself face to face with the forbidden, the awkward.

The AWKWARD Purse was on display at Cornell University's Fine Arts Library from September 8th through October 8th, 2009.

display in the Cornell Store