“You’re holding someone’s thoughts in your hands”- Seinileva Huakau. Letters are a unique form of communication that may be a dying art. They are an intimate piece of expression in a world full of instant connections.
Communication comes is so many forms- in person, over the phone and most popularly through social media engagement. Now our mailboxes are only for bills, specials catalogues and the odd ‘vote 1’ pamphlets. Letters seems a thing of the past, though there is something special about a handwritten letter, the personality and emotion of the writer. It’s a unique piece of art made just for you, a window in time of the life of the sender.
‘Love Letters’ was created by artists living in regional Queensland, and regional and metropolitan New South Wales. The exhibition of collaborative work was developed through a letter exchange program in response to border closures, social isolation and the loneliness experienced during COVID-19 restrictions. Each exchange embraced an old fashioned way of connecting. Letters were handwritten and crafted by the artists making each letter a piece of art.
This exhibition highlights the timelessness, significance and purpose of connecting. Through letters, each artist shared experiences, stories and creative processes, informing the creation of this collaborative multi-sensory exhibition.
Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery will be hosting ‘Love Letters’ through December. This exhibition is a complex array of emotions that highlights the importance and simplicity of connection. Seeing this collection may inspire one to reach out to their neighbour or a long lost friend. It may remind one of the collection of letters they have stored away, along with the memories they hold. Most importantly ‘Love Letters’ may bring the community together, through art and connection. It all starts with a letter.
See ‘Love Letters’ this month at the Mundubbera Art Gallery. Here’s to hoping it inspires something in you. Exhibition now on display at Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery until 7 January 2023.
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