How do you respond to the loss of love? One man, Tom, chose to carve his soulful lament to Bev, his lost love, in bedrock on a beach at the mouth of Halifax Harbour. Who are these two people, Tom and Bev? My reaction to finding Tom’s love letter was initially great curiosity. I returned to the inscription to visit it, and to take more photographs of Tom’s words and the surrounding landscape. I wanted to create an art piece that did honour to this very moving document. The more I visited the inscription, the more questions I had. I wrote down my thoughts, wove them together with Tom’s words, and overlaid them onto my photographs. Tom chose to carve his words into the landscape. In response, I chose to superimpose his words and my response on photographs of the landscape. The photographs and words work together here to tell a story. My thoughts, in my own handwriting, are overlaid on photographs of the inscription itself and its rugged environment. For Tom's words, I chose photographs for their poetic resonance, and used Courier, a classic manual typewriter font. To me, the jabbing action of fingers at manual keys is reminiscent of the action of hammering and chiseling. The single images of sky and water are included to suggest the passage of time and give a visual break between the two voices. The photographs in the exhibit are arranged in seven stanzas of four photographs each.
The Inscription exhibited at ViewPoint Gallery during the month of April 2009
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