Memories as Art: Framing Letters

Memories as Art: Framing Letters

Catrin Morris
Jan 4, 2011

With a few exceptions, I am not a fan of trite little quotations or expressions framed as "artwork". They remind me of "home sweet home" needlepoint signs or magnets that read "A Woman's Work is Never Done" or "Watch Your Diet, Donna!"* I propose that instead of framing fatuous Hallmarkisms, why not frame some of the letters you wrote as a kid? Or some of the letters you have received over the years?

You can frame a sentimental letter that conjures up happy memories. But better still, why not frame written words that capture more fraught or laughable memories? I have two such letters framed in my house. They elicit huge laughs from my friends and are a great conversation starter. But they are also pretty disturbing! To see the gory details, read on.

The first image is of a letter I left on my parents' pillow as a child. It reads: "Dam James Daddy Mummy. That was the only one I cold see! You all hate me! And I hate you!"

The second image is of yet another such letter. It reads "Farst I hate Daddy then James then Mummy!!!!! And all hate me!!!!!!!!!...and so on.....and maybe Ceridwen." (Ceridwen is my sister).

You should know, by the way, that I have a loving and healthy relationship with all members of my family today! And that I am only a mildly dysfunctional adult!

* Even more offensive are those dreadful Successories motivational posters that dominated office hallways in the 1990s. (The "Attitude" poster reads: "The currents that determine our dreams and shape our lives, flow from the attitudes we nurture every day." Oy!).

Images: 1 & 2: Catrin Morris; 3 & 4 (from the blogs Broderie and Everything LEB, respectively) are examples of less caustic letters dug up from the past.

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