Handwritten notes and letters, whether we like it or not, just aren’t around too much these days. Most people jet off an email, send a quick text message, or communicate via one of the many multimedia options. This makes Annie Vought‘s recent series Paper Cut Letters even more striking and meaningful. “With the ubiquity of this access and convenience, we are losing the tangible handwritten letter. Handwritten records are fragments of individual histories,” she states.
“In the penmanship, word choice, and spelling 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.”
The Oakland, California-based artist has been working on this series for the past four years, meticulously recreating enlarged versions of the notes and letters she’s found, written, or received.
“Penmanship, word choice, and spelling all contribute to possible narratives about who that person is and what they are like. My recreating the letters is an extended concentration on peoples’ inner lives and the ways they express their thoughts through writing.”