This is a continuing project in which I collect used postcards in my current city of residence. The postcards get folded and glued into boxes, concealing the side that may or may not have a message.
I’m interested in the manipulation of surface as a means to store information. From stone tablets, folios, and bound books to vinyl records, microchips, and even the human brain—the history of storing information is in many ways about the manipulation of surface area and material.
Postcards were at one point a particularly resourceful use of surface and material. A small flat surface that can hold writing, postal information, and photography is able to connect two separate parties, with the travel of the object implied as part of the message. I wanted to reconfigure the postcards in a way that sent a different message to the viewer. The locations, identities, and notes between what were originally two parties (or less) becomes obscured as the cards fold into containers. The focus shifts to a different, more subjective kind of information.
Untitled (Rome), 2011-2019, Found postcards, Dimensions variable (1” x 1.7"5” x 1.75” each)
Untitled (San Francisco), 2011-2019, Found postcards, Dimensions variable (1” x 1.7"5” x 1.75” each)