"Letters to Myself" is an evolving idea using physical texture and and representations of texture to talk about the line between friendship and abuse in human relationships. I collaged paper, textiles and stitching to emphasize their subtle differences, sometimes adding or reproducing stains that are a result of decay or deterioration. Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky’s theory of the life intrinsic to a “picture plane”, I explored what it means to be an artist adding to or taking away from an artwork in progress in light of its inability to object or consent to these actions. By creating the effect of a surface felt with the eyes through subtle contrasts and textures, I emphasized the action of touching and close looking to express my intimate relationship with the artwork.
It has gone through five editions: "Picture Plane", "Cornish BFA Show 2015", "Letters to Myself (editions 1 and 2)", and "What You Scoop Up Of Me", which used this excerpt from Calaferte as its central text.
Sea- smooth palm of the hand.
Musically in tune with the sun.
Does what I scoop up of you in the hollow of my hand take away from your vastness, your weight?
Who is that other person who, on one of your other shores, at this very moment, bends down and takes up this handful of water?
Sea- common knowledge.
-Louis Calaferte from “The Violet Blood of the Amethyste”, translated from the french by John Taylor