Bernard Appassamy
 
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Constellation of Endearment
Shortlisted for the 2016 Libris Awards
Now part of the collection of Artspace Mackay

Statement
A box or a drawer. A place where we gather – for significant reasons or no reason at all – our private correspondence.

Year after year, we build a museum of our history, granting access to a single random visitor: reminiscence.

Like spatial coordinates, greeting cards and their handwritten wishes pinpoint festive milestones, vulnerable times, and all other manner of occasions and sentiments.

This work is a homage to the fading ritual of sending and receiving greeting cards. It comprises cards I have collected on and off for the past twenty-five years.

Like greeting cards, fortune cookies carry a message of goodwill and wisdom waiting to be opened and enjoyed. Five hundred fortune cookies merge into a celebration of the human spirit, a constellation of endearment.

Dimensions
Variable.

Materials
Greeting cards and glue.

Laser cutting
Matt Scott and Matt Wheeler from Mclaser.

Photography
Felicity Jenkins.

Acknowledgements
With thanks to the Sydney BAG (Book Art Group).