Letter to an Un-Named Girl I-III
India Ink and Silkscreen on Paper - 10"x14" - 2017
This series of prints is about reconnecting with my younger self while I was sorting through all the art I made in high school. For a long time I’d been feeling as though the line between past and present had been irrevocably broken. I knew objectively that the sad and angry boy who stared at the ceiling of his bedroom at night desperately wishing for a change that seemed impossible was me, but that version of me never felt real, and all I could do was hate it.
But as I was digging through those boxes of photos and drawings and cassette tapes and typed and hand-written pages, I found something I wasn’t expecting: I found myself. I found that girl who didn’t yet have a name, but who showed herself through her irrepressible creativity and curiosity. I was able to re-draw the line between past and present, connecting them, and connecting us.
These three prints are a letter to her, the message of which is very simple: I love you, and I’m immensely proud of you.