Sampled Lives

An exhibition of work combining photography and craft
October 26 - December 31, 2018
Form + Concept 
Santa Fe NM

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These found postcards with notes exposed to the public on the back reveal the exchanges between individuals and the minutia of their lives. There’s an abundance of talk about the weather, plus snippets of personal details tucked into the small spaces on the cards and the trivial formalities of the format.

My husband and I have made a hobby of reading these and sometimes even piecing together loose biographies.  The photographic images document place and the notes expose information ranging from the tenor of a relationship to the details of a train schedule.

I’ve been cataloging snippets as non sequitur statements and embroidering them onto the postcards as “Samplers”, to illuminate quirky characterizations and situations with a tongue in cheek sense of humor.

The embroidery brings to mind early samplers where writings of moral and religious platitudes were used to educate character while learning to stitch.

The postcards mostly date from early to late 20th century and yet the sentiments mirror many of the issues of today.

Postcards measure 4x6 in. inside 7x9 in. frames
Embroidery, found postcards, assorted threads - 2018