Letters to the Lost

A Slow Loss
At the age of 19, I experienced two huge losses when my uncle died a few weeks after I was raped. I turned to my art as a way to process these traumatic events, inspiring me to create Letters to the Lost in order to help others heal as well. In this collaborative project, I ask people that I care about to write letters to someone or something that they’ve lost. I use different editing techniques such as deep fakes and double exposures on archival family footage to represent the emotional content of each letter and I ask the writer or the recipient to read the letter out loud. For the installation, the videos play on two CRT monitors next to a family album of letters and other ephemeral items such as handmade cards, photographs, and lockets. Viewers are then asked to participate in the project through writing letters of their own.