All Quiet... / by Hope A

A few months ago, a friend sent me an email request to participate in a project organized by another friend of a friend. Allyson Comstock is a mixed media and paper artist who was an artist in residence in Antarctica. During her time there, she took may photographs. Upon her return she made postcards of the images and mailed them to anyone willing to participate. Our assignment: use the postcard as inspiration for a piece in an any medium. I, of course, chose letterpress postcard.

origninal photo by allyson comstock

origninal photo by allyson comstock

The image she sent me was stark and amazing. I immediately began imagining ways to break down the image into layers of the same color, a technique used by a friend in a beautiful print of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  My only decision was which month to print the postcard.

Usually for new year's cards, there is no response portion for recipients. But this year I was thinking of all the noise in my life, the audio chatter and the static inside.  I wanted silence. I discovered this quote while reading a favorite poem again, and the piece cam together.

This month I asked what are you looking for in the new year OR what is your favorite type of silence.  The responses have been lovely, and have even inspired a few people I rarely hear from.  Now a few of the cards and maybe some of the responses will be sent to Allyson for a show of all the works that have been produced from her show. I can't wait to see the results.

Keep Writing number 82, Silence for the New Year

Keep Writing number 82, Silence for the New Year