Mark Hartzheim
Series:
Letters Home
Letters Home (In honor of my parents)
This series relates back to my student days, after I had first come to Germany from the US in the 1970's. Apart from the rare long-distance phone call, letters became my lifeline to home. About once a month I corresponded with my parents, always writing on thin airmail paper to save any unnecessary postage. A while back I by chance discovered one of the writing pads I had used long ago. A solitary page was left on it, literally engraved with traces of countless letters. Intrigued by this "message from the past", I decided to bring the vestiges of writing back to light. Letter from a New Country is the result. This drawing set the idea in motion...
I recommenced writing to my parents. Although they had passed away several years ago, this didn't seem to be an obstacle; I was convinced they would "hear" every word. I wrote on airmail paper, using carbon paper to produce a copy of each letter. The originals I kept, the copies were transformed. Because of the very personal nature of the contents, the legibility has been deliberately minimized, or the text hidden by the envelope. Written fragments and/or the title may give a clue as to the content. The last three pictures evolved in the same way as the first, as traces which, at first unwittingly, were formed on a sheet of paper under the letters I was writing.

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Letter From a New Country, 2012
graphite and charcoal on airmail paper
29,1 x 21 cm
The Language Barrier, 2012
mixed media on airmail paper
28,5 x 18,2 cm
Written Rhythms, 2012
mixed media on airmail paper
29,1 x 21 cm
It's All About Balance, 2012
mixed media on airmail paper
29,1 x 21 cm
Giving Back, 2012
mixed media on airmail paper
29,1 x 21 cm
No Rules, No Restraints, 2012
mixed media on airmail paper
29,1 x 21 cm
For Reasons I'd Rather Not Disclose, 2012
colored pencil on airmail paper & envelope
25,1 x 23 cm
An Inner Necessity, 2012
mixed media on airmail paper & envelope
29,4 x 22,5 cm
Lady Luck, 2012
colored pencil on airmail paper & envelope
29,3 x 29,4 cm
And so I write (Union Mail), 2012
mixed media on airmail paper & envelope
29,3 x 32 cm
Confidential, 2012
mixed media on airmail paper & envelope
17,5 x 14,5 cm
Serendipity II, 2012
mixed media on paper
20,5 x 29 cm
Inwardness, 2012
graphite and colored pencil on paper
23,3 x 31,5 cm
A New Language, 2012
graphite on paper
31 x 23,5 cm


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