Genius is eternal patience. (Michelangelo)
If Michelangelo was right, then Annie Vought must be a genius. Her work surely requires endless patience… Can you imagine the hours each intricately cut piece must take? I think it is absolutely beautiful and I would love to see it in person.
As someone who loves receiving a handwritten letter or note in the mail, for me Annie Vought’s work celebrates the handwritten word in a way that is impossible to appreciate with the more impersonal immediacy of the type-written electronic communication. And yet, here I am sharing her story with you on a blog…
Email, text messages and Twitter provide us with the ability to stay in touch as never before, but with it we lose “fragments of individual histories. 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”, says Annie.
For the last four years, Annie has meticulously recreated notes and letters that she has found, written, or received. She does this by enlarging the documents onto a new piece of paper and intricately dissecting the negative spaces with a blade. The handwriting and the lines support the structure of the cut paper, keeping it strong and sculptural, despite its apparent fragility. She says that in these paper cutouts, she focuses “on the text, structure, and emotion of the letter in an elaborate investigation into the properties of writing and expression. Penmanship, word choice, and spelling all contribute to possible narratives about who that person is and what they are like.”
Annie Vought’s work features in Paper Works which is available on Amazon here.
Go and check out her website here. She looks like a groovy chick, and has also started a whimsical looking collaboration, entitled ‘Double Zero, with fellow artist and friend, Hannah Ireland.