Fantastic/Average - A book about Mediocrity

  • Niall Martin

During the first term of my Masters, I was tasked with finding a way to explore my own feelings of self-doubt and worth as a creative who has yet to enter the industry. My answer was an artefact in the form of a book - Fantastic/Average. In it, I explore common household items such as toothbrushes and sponges, and talk about their worth from a different perspective. To many people, they are disposable, boring items and not of worth. But if you remove them from existence, suddenly your life becomes just a bit harder than it was with them in it. I made a comparison between these items and people who struggle with feelings of self-doubt and mediocrity such as myself - our skills may not be world-bending, but they can be enough to make a difference in some way or another, no matter how minimal. We are all fantastic in our own perfectly average way.