Sonder, from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

“n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as visid and complex as your own – populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries, and inherited craziness – an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.”

Sonder is a series of coiled vessel sculptures intended to represent a crowd of people. Each carries its own thoughts, concerns, experiences, and memories. Through a series of prerecorded interviews and hidden speakers, the pieces will play small segments of participants’ lives. Together, the pieces are a challenge to hear clearly, but with close inspection, viewers will be able to hear phrases and clips from each interviewee’s story.