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letters-in-a-book2

A series of limited edition prints of ten images revealing layers of time & place, hope & faith, science & religion. Contemplation and questioning, at a time of grief for my father's death. Letters-in-a-book is a series of ten images using layers of old letters found in a thrift shop, written between Oct. 1945 and July 1946, sent from family members in Warsaw, Poland to kin in Shawinigan, Quebec. These letters convey post-WWII life in, then occupied, Poland, at a time and place that reminds me of my father as a young man from this part of the world, at his most vital time in life.

 

Also included are personal letters sent to me by my husband.

 

These handwritten and typed letters are juxtaposed with two old books. One is a book of ancient & modern "Hymns" of the Church of St James The Apostle and the other is “EOS, Or the Wider Aspects of Cosmogony*” by J. H. Jeans. Books that represent my Roman Catholic, religious upbringing while at the same time further reflecting my own personal search for meaning at a very contemplative time in my life.

 

“The universe which we study with such care may be a dream, and we brain-cells in the mind of the dreamer.”

  

*cosmogony

 

1. cos·mog·o·ny

A specific theory or model of the origin and evolution of the universe.

 

2. cosmogony

n : the branch of astrophysics that studies the origin and evolution and structure of the universe, one such theory can be found in Genesis.

 

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Taken on August 21, 2005