I am captivated by old, discarded correspondence and the glimpses that they offer into ordinary lives. I am very aware that I am reading words that were never meant for anyone’s eyes other than the recipients. These letters tell stories of day to day life but are also infused with the emotion felt at the exact moment that pen hit paper.
My series ‘Fragilities’ explores the concept of ‘capturing’ this emotion.
Picture a figure seated at a desk, bent over a sheet of paper, pen in hand. Precious time spent writing to a loved one expressing in words the emotion that they are feeling at that moment. As they are writing this energy dances & swirls above their head for a fraction of a second before dispersing.
Now imagine an interloper creeping uninvited and unnoticed into the scene – net in hand like a Victorian butterfly collector. With one swipe of their net they capture the pureness of personal emotion and drop it in their Killing Jar.
As the emotion dies, it’s essence fades. Unperturbed the collector pins it out for all to see and sets off once more, net in hand.