Cookie Proust

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The premise is simple, objects evoke memories: a place, a time, a loved one. Like Marcel Proust spun out into an elliptical trajectory on his petite Madeleine, we offer our possessions for sale on eBay with the orbiting associations and stories attached.

Each of these items offered for sale is accompanied by a history or story, accurate and truthful as can be accounted for given the Roshomon-like reality that we inhabit. The auction, auction item and story combine to form a fine art piece. As such, at the close of auction, the high bidder will receive the auction item, as well as one high quality print of the auction web page that includes graphics, auction item photos and the text of the piece as it appears on screen. The print will be signed by the artist.


Click on the images below to see the auctions, or go to Cookie-Proust to follow the project.


Grow up in the cultural void known as Orlando, Florida where the only way to survive the vacuous ethos of “sun and fun” and the state motto of “We’re Glad You’re Here” will be to make art and music. Spend any free time and almost all earned income taking community college art classes, shooting photos, developing film, printing photos, setting up shoots, hanging out at galleries and searching art books in the Orlando Public Library where all the nude images reproducing some of art history’s greatest works (in both black and white as well as color reproductions) have been cut out by overzealous right wing Christian religious zealots.
Begin working at the largest art museum in Central Florida as the head preparator. Study the work of Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine and many others by hauling the museum’s print collection around to …….
View the auction: How not to become a photographer



“I don’t think I should sell this to you, everyone that has owned it has gotten a divorce,” Kathy said. I wasn’t listening, just staring at the gleaming chrome, clean mid-century modern lines and yellow textured vinyl. “This couch is cursed.” …………

View the auction: Chromcraft Sofa Cursed Divorce Couch


I often describe myself as a photographer in recovery. Once in a while I fall off the wagon, shoot a few frames, develop a roll or two. Then I get it out of my system and attend a few 12 step meetings. “Hi I’m so-and-so and I’m a photographer.” You are never truly “cured” of image making they say, just in recovery.When I attend weddings, Christmas parties and the like, I always have to watch myself; the shutterbug, just one click away.

When I attend weddings, Christmas parties and the like, I always have to watch myself; the shutterbug, just one click away………

View the auction: Konica Hexar lovingly cared for