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There Will Be Signs Along the Way to Guide You

A Study of Abandonment in American Society Today

Olivia Wall
By Olivia Wall
Footnotes: Series submitted as a portion of Wall's Smith College Honors Thesis, May 2009

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Olivia Wall

The human experience compels us to assign meaning to the meaningless. As a photographer, I collect visual fragments of the world around me—the souvenirs of our intentions, actions, politics, and idiosyncrasies. This work is based on apophenic tendencies and the innate human desire to organize chaos in order to comprehend reality. Our intrinsic inability to disregard the mundane and then assign value to the meaningless is what makes everything inherently meaningful.

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