'Spending those first full days in Le Vésinet alone – cut off – led to interactions with only objects and stories, which came to form the map of my breakdown and survival’
SHOWstudio contributor and writer Stephanie LaCava has released a haunting new book: An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of and Outsider in Paris. The book is a nostalgic look back on LaCava’s past as an outcast girl after being plunged into French living following an unconventional upbringing in America. Solace is found in the objects that surround her, which act as symbolic milestones throughout her awkward growing up. As her fascination with objects mount, so too does the desire to collect them and unravel the other stories and secrets which are hidden within them.
The book unfolds in a series of cinematic essays alongside beautiful illustrations reminiscent of scientific diagrams and childhood drawing. The book offers melancholic insight into a world of loneliness and how the power of creativity and imagination can be harnessed to overcome the darkest of times.