The key to my heart, started in 2005 with collecting handwritten love letters and an investigation for “The lost romantic of the written word”. 

I started this collection with the simple question “Do you have love letters?” 
 
These letters are visualized in the installation “The key to my heart”. The letters have been written in different periods, from the 1940’s (Second World War) in the form of a handwritten letter up till now in the form of a text message (SMS). 

The concepts that play a part in the installation belong to the various persons behind the letters. Like Light in the darkness, Suffocation, Forbidden love, Distance, Doubt, Mortality. 
Masterclass [in]visible, a study of presentations of artists books, Amsterdam | Photos by Thomas Lenden | 2010
Light in the darkness love letter from the 1940’s (Second World War).
 
Suffocation, love letter from the 1940’s (Second World War).
DIMENSIONS (in cm): 20 x 13 x 2,5 cm
Collage, Chocolate box, Leaves, Tree bark
Masterclass [in]visible, a study of presentations of artists books, Amsterdam 2010
Installation, Wood, Acrylic, Fabric, Magic ball

DIMENSIONS (in cm): Office Desk: 140 x 75 x 76 cm | Roll Curtain: 100 x 200 cm
 
The key to my heart – Installation, office desk rebuilt and equipped with 4 drawers (love letter concepts), a top and a transparent desktop with light text. Forbidden love, roll curtain with fragments of sentences of love letters between two people from the 1960’s content over a hundred letters, cards and telegrams. 
Forbidden love letters from the 1960’s. 
"En op deze morgen waarop de hemel van een buitengewoon blauwe kleur is, waarop de zon schijnt met al zijn schittering, op deze morgen van geluk, deze morgen morgen waarop ik met mijn goede been uit bed ben gestapt, deze morgen geeft de postbode me 2 brieven. Van wie: van mijn liefde, van de mijne daar in dat prachtige land dat Holland heet."
Zoete witte wijn smaakt fijn als je naast me zit, jij zegt van niet, ik denk van wel, jij vindt mij stom, toch zie ik je snel, nog een keer op de volgende afspraak, elke keer weet ik, jij bent mijn smaak...
 
Mortality love text messages (SMS) from the 2000’s
 
Masterclass [in]visible, a study of presentations of artists books, Amsterdam 2010
Masterclass [in]visible, a study of presentations of artists books, Amsterdam | Photos by Thomas Lenden | 2010
Installation, Wood, Acrylic, Paper

DIMENSIONS (in cm): 140 x 75 x 76


The key to my heart presentation during [in] visible # 4, Investigating forms of presentation of the Artist Book. The installation was placed in a small intimate space where the visitors can touch and read sentences at close. Transience: text messages from the 2000’s are continuing to read on the Magic ball up on the desktop. A Mobile phone (desk draw number 4) makes contact with the Magic ball.
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