Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Collecting vs. Hoarding

Collectors and Hoarders are very similar in the sense that they both feel an emotional attachment to the items that they obtain. The main difference, as I see it, is that collections usually are based around  a certain object or theme. Hoarders keep anything, there is no theme followed and no specific object that is searched for. Items that are hoarder are usually of little or no value. Obsessive hoarding is often caused by OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder. 

This is an example of a collection, done by artist Portia Munson. As you can see, this piece follows a certain theme and isn't just a grouping of trash and discarded objects. 

This is an example of the effects of compulsive hoarding. There is no organization or artistic motivation behing this grouping of objects. 

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