obsessive consumption

I have always been fascinated with consumerism and the relationship people have with objects and things. There is a lot to be said in regards to how our society facilitates an innate desire to buy things – all. the. time. I am intrigued by the idea of this book and from the inside sneak peak inside it certainly looks entertaining…  Here’s a bit of the review: “Our lives are filled with consumption—$1.50 for a cup of coffee, $5.95 for a magazine, $17.99 for headphones, $1.79 for cough drops. Whether bought out of necessity or indulgence, everything we buy has its own story to tell. We buy art supplies while feeling inspired, and a new pair of jeans to give us a lift when we are feeling blue. Yet, these powerfully emotional experiences can be fleeting—quickly erased by the pull of the next ‘must-have’ acquisition. In Obsessive Consumption, Portland-based artist Kate Bingaman-Burt holds up a mirror to her own obsession with shopping and acquisition. Faced with a mounting pile of postgraduation credit card debt, Bingaman-Burt concocted a unique artistic response. She picked up a pen and began drawing her monthly credit card statements.”

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