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STATEMENT OF WORK
Salutations mines an archive of letters written to my grandmother by my grandfather, a man I never met. Almost a century later he has become my unwitting collaborator.
To make these prints I scan and print the original documents and then digitally erase my grandfather’s handwriting leaving behind postmarks, folds and stamps as remnants of touch, time and travel. I then, using the monotype process, manually trace his handwritten words onto these “empty” prints, rendering them into an indecipherable new language. The transcription of my grandfather’s hand is an intimate gesture that recognizes a shared ancestry while acknowledging the inability to collapse the space between us and unlock time’s secrets.
Existing between looking and reading the work shifts the narrative from one that is directly told to one that is more deeply felt. I tell this story not because it is unique, but because it is common and sits at the edge of my own identity.
The works are a blend of photography, drawing and printmaking. I use reclaimed photo black ink and a natural photo paper. The ink is especially deep black and sits atop the coated photo paper in a unique and, for me, satisfying manner.