California-based artist Annie Vought glorifies the written word (remember the time you wrote something down with a pen?), and eternalizes it – unless it catches fire – by creating the Paper Cuts series. With an X-Acto knife, a steady hand and patience, Vought cuts out the negative space around each letter and line. Each of her works look like photocopied and enlarged personal, heartfelt letters by several authors.
The artist says about her work:
“Handwritten records are fragments of individual histories … The author is often revealed in spite of him- or herself. A letter is physical confirmation of who we were at the moment it was written, or all we have left of a person or a time.”