Objects of Desire is a sketchbook-cum-meditation on life in our consumer culture. Bookmaker Amy Blue started the book as a “drawing-a-day” project, rendering the objects around her in a loose, whimsical style. The drawings cover everything from the copious cups of coffee she drinks to video games and magazines. Even the tools she uses as an artist become part of the catalog.
She says that “as the objects piled up, my material ponderings seemed more and more superficial. I was left with the sick feeling that I was substituting real desire for a quick glimpse of happiness.” It’s a reflection many of us may make, but it takes someone like Blue to turn that from rumination into art.
Blue’s book was done in our Color Pocket book size, perfectly suited to the project’s sketchbook origins. At 98 pages, it’s a fun and surprising dip into the objects that make up our lives. Even if the things we consume sometimes go by different brand names.