There are some things that we own that are just so sad. You know what we mean. Sad. It seems likely that these sad things illuminate our vulnerable places, one way or another.
The Saddest Thing I Own invites people everywhere to share the saddest thing they own. What are these sad things? What makes things sad? Do things start off sad? Do some sad things begin as happy things that then become sad? Are some things only sad because for some sad reason we kept them? Are some things just plain sad no matter what? This is what we want to know.
Matthew Belanger is a New York based new media artist, programmer, and consultant. He dedicates this site to his mother, Wendy, who passed away in October of 2005 after a long battle with cancer. His works include documentary video, large-scale digital photography, interactive online applications and software development. His complete portfolio can be seen at: matthewbelanger.net.
A. Elizabeth Mikesell is an artist and writer who lives in New York City. She is on the faculty of New York University's Expository Writing Program, in which she teaches writing to students in the Tisch School of the Arts. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in a number of small literary magazines.
Marianne R. Petit is an Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her artwork, including video, animation, and installation, has been exhibited in international festivals and exhibits and has been reviewed in a variety of publications including Leonardo, Wired and World Art. Her work can be seen at: mariannepetit.com.
The Saddest Thing I Own is a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It is supported by the Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial and in recognition of the valuable contributions of artists to society.