Matthew Belanger

new media artist

The Saddest Thing I Own

The Saddest Thing I Own See the work at:

The Saddest Thing I Own is a website repository of life’s saddest objects. The website provides a place to share a photo and story of the object we hold onto which makes us most sad. The act of revealing to the world what makes us saddest provides a catharsis, and often becomes, through feedback from others in the form of comments, a kind of group therapy.

The Saddest Thing I Own was launched in May of 2006, and today has over 300 submissions. It is a collaboration between Marianne R. Petit, A. Elizabeth Mikesell, and myself, inspired by a conversation we had about our own saddest possessions.

Some of the saddest things people have submitted include: an engagement ring, the ashes of a firstborn child, and a dog's wheelchair.

The Saddest Thing I Own was a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site with funding from the Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial and in recognition of the valuable contributions of artists to society.


Boing Boing | Mark Frauenfelder | Essays and photos: "The Saddest Thing I Own"
Yahoo! Picks | May 8, 2006 | Karina Stenquist