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Hawaiian Language Lessons – Recommendation
The Hawaiian Language Lessons series, 5 pieces made in 2010, are small-scale formally composed playful pieces that use out of the ordinary found-object text fragments translating significant words from the texts into the rather obscure Hawaiian language. Finding a Hawaiian dictionary in a resale shop was truly serendipitous and pivotal to the development of this series.
The text in Recommendation was taken from a small spiral bound pocket notebook, obviously used by the unknown owner for note taking. The page I used was a draft of a letter of recommendation. The handwritten draft reminds us of pre-computer days when formal writing was done in many drafts of long-hand. This simple part of everyday life is intriguing to me, encouraging the creation of compositions that enhance intrinsic beauty of found materials and evoke a viewer’s curiosity.
The materials used in this piece include found and altered handwritten draft of letter of recommendation, text segments cut from Hawaiian language dictionary, fragments of cotton eyelet lace, glass beads, and stitching.
By merging many layers and elements my work offers sentimental recollection and personal introspection, while referencing a past time when handwritten letters and notes were the only form of communication, and personal articles such as ladies handkerchiefs functioned as a symbol of propriety and were often exchanged as souvenirs and tokens of remembrance.