Annie Vought has set to design boom images of her newly developed pieces for her existent collection of handwritten, cut-out correspondence. the Oakland, California residing artist considered the countless email, SMS, instant messages and twitter posts received in her life, and instead chooses to reject digital message forms.
In her cut-out correspondence series, Vought recounts various hand scrawled notes, letters that she have found, written, or received by first enlarging these correspondence onto a large piece of paper. Her carved reinvention of the immediate communications then has the negative spaces surrounding each character carved away, revealing a network of interconnected letters in Vought's exact-o-knife penmanship, with the word choice, spelling errors and human quality of the original author.
The artist says of her work, 'through the computer I am in touch with people I may never have seen before and I can respond in real time to a loved one. But with the ubiquity of this access and convenience, we are losing the tangible handwritten letter. handwritten records are fragments of individual histories... the author is often revealed in spite of him/herself. A letter is physical confirmation of who we were at the moment it was written, or all we have left of a person or a time'.
a detailed perspective of, 'I am crossing the ocean with two others on a piece of paper' by Annie Vought, 2012
all images courtesy the artist
'I am crossing the ocean with two others on a piece of paper', 2012
30in x 38in
hand cut paper
an alternate close view of 'I am crossing the ocean with two others on a piece of paper'
'PS your so cool', 2011
38in x 32in
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