The book includes compositions from the ‘letters’ series. Oscillating between the alphabetic and the epistolary, each ‘letter’ is part of an ongoing body of work consisting of more than 300 drawings that aim to synthesize a broad range of abstract compositional strategies.
In response to the safety measures implemented to contain COVID-19, my initial plan for an installation at Skol shifted to become mobile and accessible; it became an artist book (distributed through the gallery and by mail) accompanied by poetic and movement-based performances by guest collaborators k.g. Guttman and Kama La Mackerel. Conceptually, the project responds to the state of emergency created by the pandemic by taking clues from two aesthetic methodologies. The first is the use of mail art for political work by artists resisting dictatorships in Latin America during the 20th century. The second is a French feminine literary practice, in which known aristocratic women (Margot de Valois, La Grande Mademoiselle, Madame de Pompadour, etc.) would have their personal correspondences published. I am interested in how these writings made the intimate public. I aim to inhabits this form critically, posing the question of what it would mean to turn abstraction into an everyday language.