Making Sense of Things – Audrey Chen

Explore the fourth in a series of works titled “Making Sense of Things,” finding personality in inanimate objects.

Making Sense of Things is a creative initiative to give our members a chance to be creative with the current circumstances. By limiting ourselves to photographing only objects, I wanted to provide an opportunity for members to find personality in inanimate objects. Making Sense of Things was inspired by the pandemic’s effect on our relationship with the spaces we’re in as a result of isolation. By reflecting on the things that surround us, what do they say about ourselves? What objects now surround us more often than before? Whether their choices in objects have a relation to the pandemic or not, members will naturally attempt to make sense of objects as a result of styling them together.



Throughout the lockdown, my mom and I have been growing various vegetables and fruits by planting the bottoms of vegetables and seeds/pits from fruits. Watching these plants grow has been something unique to look forward to, even when each day at home feels the same. We’ve been growing them in various plastic food and packaging containers, from Dole fruit cups to frozen food containers. I think this visual image of plants grown from food scraps in these ordinary containers reflects my lockdown experience—each day has felt repetitive, familiar, and ordinary, yet I’ve still been able to find pieces of joy, big or small, and hope among them, all while constantly growing. 

This work is titled, “Growth Amidst the Ordinary.”