WITH KIND REGARDS
Urmaza’s collages feature old letters collected over the years from flea markets, thrift stores and through the digital sourcing site Etsy. They are artifacts from strangers that add a human element to her work, reflecting personal choices made with paper, ink, envelopes and postage stamps, the uniqueness of individual penmanship, carefully selected words, and the unavoidable erasures and mistakes crossed out, revealing the writer’s thought process. “I like how letters are tactile… and the thought that a letter received and held in the hand was once touched and mindfully crafted by its sender.” Like photographs, letters capture a moment in time, but unlike photographs, a handwritten letter cannot be exactly replicated; each letter is a unique work of art.
“With Kind Regards” brings to light the intimate and powerful beauty of a fading practice, carrying stories worth resurrecting in new art forms. The artists transpose their continued dialogue from across the seas to this two-person exhibition in the hopes of sharing their own musings with audiences, like an intentional open letter.