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STEPHANIE HICKS

Untitled (Hummingbirdboy), paper collage, 2009.

STEPHANIE HICKS

SNAIL MAIL

3 NOVEMBER – 12 DECEMBER 2009

Throughout history, paper flowers have been used by various cultures for purposes ranging from the decorative to the symbolic. For the people of Ancient Egypt, China and Mexico, they served as religious offerings, while Victorian women crafted flowers from paper to decorate their homes when real flowers were out of season.

Like a handwritten letter, these paper sculptures contain within them the time of their own making. They are a meditation on the investment we make in our communication and friendships in the digital age, where instant messaging and social networking sites prevail.

Bundles of dog-eared letters have been transformed, and the friendships of my childhood lay silently entombed, while the frenetic pace of contemporary life continues outside on the city streets.