Sarah R

"My most sentimental object is my dad’s watch. It’s around 40 years old, I think he must of got it in the 80s. He passed away when I was 13 and I didn’t really have any of his belongings. Around ten years ago, I remembered the watch. I used to go through my mum’s drawer of jewellery when I was younger when she wasn’t home, so I knew it was in there. She found it for me, I got it working and I’ve been wearing it ever since. I take it everywhere, I’ve travelled overseas with it. Even if it's not set to the right time I’ll wear it. It’s so old school that you can’t set the date, because it’s not set up for the 2000s."

What does sentimentality mean to you?

"I’m quite sentimental about a lot of things. My memory isn’t very good, but objects take me back to places and remind me of things that I might have forgotten. Sentimentality is a connection to memories, things, people, and places, which we can forget in our everyday life. I was in the Christchurch earthquakes, so my attachment to belongings changed after that. I was previously quite sentimental and thought I needed to have all these things to make me whole. I’ve realised that I don’t need any of them, realistically I just need myself.

Some of my sentimental stuff is from different parts of the world, but if it all disappeared, it’d be okay. Things come and go. I’m an artist, so I’m a collector, but now if I gather things, something has to go, so that something can come in. I have a sentimental attachment towards inanimate objects like vehicles and my motorbike as well. You go on journeys together. When you’re using something, you have a relationship with that object in some way, and have gratitude towards it." Sarah, Te Whanganui-a-tara/Wellington (Interview: Chloe Mason). Find Sarah: @denadaceramics