The Letters

The Letters is inspired by a series of letters written to several men that have had a distinctive impact on my life. Considering my personal relationship with the recipient, each message speaks to the inherent gender differences and the corresponding dynamism of the hierarchies of power that affect the nature of our relationships. In each painting, the letter has been directly adhered to the surface of the canvas, to be later intervened with paint and charcoal, covering the contents of the messages with colour and dust. With these paintings my goal is to pose questions of communication and concealment: the content of the letters cannot be read but the pictorial language speaks for them instead. The words are covered by the brushstrokes so that the pictorial expression in turn reveals a visual interpretation of the message. For this reason, the composition remains abstract, given that the layers of color and opacities have a greater meaning than that which could eventually be represented figuratively. The texture of the paper is thus the only evidence, the last residue, of the letters. The Peak and Valley canvases that flank the smaller paintings do not contain letters but instead act as a geographic limit for the series, as two bookends that cradle the series of letters.

Gleaners, oil and charcoal on paper and canvas, 40 x 30 cm, SOLD

Gleaners, oil and charcoal on paper and canvas, 40 x 30 cm, SOLD

Peak, oil and charcoal on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

Peak, oil and charcoal on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

Hamamah, oil on paper and canvas, 30 x 20 cm

Hamamah, oil on paper and canvas, 30 x 20 cm

Hauptbahnhof, oil and charcoal on paper and canvas, 30 x 20 cm

Hauptbahnhof, oil and charcoal on paper and canvas, 30 x 20 cm

Into the Whale, oil on paper and canvas, 30 x 20 cm

Into the Whale, oil on paper and canvas, 30 x 20 cm

Pollux, oil on paper and canvas, 30 x 20 cm

Pollux, oil on paper and canvas, 30 x 20 cm