Watercolor and ink on envelope, 4 x 6 inches, 1920-2019
Watercolor and ink on envelope, 4 x 6 inches, 1914-2019
Watercolor and ink on stationery, 9 x 11 inches, 1913-2019
Watercolor and ink on map, 12 x 18 inches, 1913-2019
I gravitate to time-traveling, which can be induced by a visit below deck of a 19th Century whaling vessel or standing next to a redwood.
Here I’ve engaged with family correspondence dating to the early 1900s. I hear the voice of my grandmother when she was a girl writing to her mother. I feel the futile poignancy, or poignant futility, of these scraps of paper, that neither she nor her daughter — my mother — paid much attention to, even while they were alive. I’m struck by the oddity of painting on them, which destroys them as correspondence but also establishes them as something else.