Receipt for our Kimball Piano, 2019

My subject, the piano, is a family heirloom passed through three generations. I view it as a tangible thread connecting me to my ancestry. My great grandmother used it in while studying music theory in 1919, I played my Suzuki book 2 recital on it, and it witnessed many Christmas hams in between the two. While it was once bought and can be appraised, the piano acts as a vessel for my family history that for me transcends monetization.

I told the piano’s story through the form of a receipt to contemplate the worth of the history and sentience the object assumes. My narrative details the life of the family heirloom to juxtapose what is not included in marketplace receipts.