Title: Stuffed: A Theory of Human Motivation
Year Created: 2011
Rod Klingelhofer asks, “What do you want?” In a consumer culture, he believes it is tempting for us to equate getting stuff with being happier. Stuffed: A Theory of Human Motivation questions that equation. Certainly, there is an amount of stuff required for well-being; but at some point the accumulation of more can become an end in itself. Stuffed is a mechanized sculpture made of vinyl and steel that depicts the modern dilemma of life’s pursuits once basic needs are met.
Operating like a grain elevator, ‘stuff’ accumulates at an upper level to the point of overflow. Conveyor belts collect and move the excess through the system, representing the cyclical nature of consumerism. Can the life we want be produced? Do our homes hold us? Does the car take us where we want to go? Do the phones connect us? What do you really want?
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