‘Do you know how many times I’ve thought about writing on the paper that I’m writing on?’

by Katie Anderson

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Formative
[fawr-muh-tiv]
adjective

  1. giving form or shape; forming; shaping; fashioning; molding
  2. pertaining to formation or development

Interesting challenges. How, as a context-driven artist, to make a piece of work for exhibition for which I will never visit or explore the context for. For the artist to create a new piece of work to be sent to a continent which I have never stepped foot on, never breathed the air of, and have nothing but imaginings and drawn perceptions.

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Part of me asks, what right do I the artist have to dump my ideas on an audience so far removed from my own environment? The other part looks for potential connectors, new links, networked points between our measured and counted degrees of separation. We live, of course, in possibly the most globally connected time we’ve known.

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The work has become a sort of call and response first move, exploring traditionally – romantically – held notions of communication still clinging on in a lost nostalgia, the delicate art of letter writing. No screen shots or font choices,  not even a  high-art finish or depth of mark making, letter writing is in it’s form personal, unique, the conversational made tangible. This work is also an invitation, to explore our lack of connection and our notions of distance travelled.

Transform

Transition

Transatlantic

Transcontinental

Translate

Transmute

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To see this work in the flesh (as all the best letters are recieved in person), visit 107 Projects in Redfern, Syndey (Australia) from the 11th of May to check out exhibition Transmute. For more details on the exhibition and the venue, visit the website here

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