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Museum Journal Blog – Solve et Coagula

Exhibit: BSU Liberal Arts building, Solve et Coagula (A curious exhibit) Lost Letters by Tyler Campbell, Jessica Noel, Briana Maddox and Lauren Cavazos

Date: 4/11/14

Media: 2D and 3D

Context: Educational, Art

Describe: My first impression was I’m curious to understand what the significance of these letters are. They are nice, interesting drawers that are propped up so that people can see the contents within each. The drawers have letters, belongings and photos hinting that they once belonged to different people. To someone who hasn’t seen it, I would say it is an interesting installation about different kinds of lost letters. Specific words/phrases to characterize it would be personal, relatable, an assortment of belongings, tells of different times and circumstances, meaningful. It is in a glass display case with text about it and about each drawer. The objects appear as artifacts, but they are actually simulated. The point of view from the viewer is looking directly at and into these open drawers and their contents.The overall meaning is to get people thinking about an old form of communication and how not all letter reach their destination. The elements included are repition, interior, closed form, unity. Excluded elements are exterior, open form and uniform. Some of the decisions made for the information present could be financially based just for budgeting reasons. Money limits how much information and objects are shown.Questions posed would be how exactly did the messages not reach their destinations? It explains the jist of it, but not the full story. Context, funding and authorship influence the meaning by allowing the installation to properly explain it’s purpose and how it does so. The intended audience is for anyone familiar with letters or writing letters. I believe that it is effective because it’s right to the point of it’s meaning and presented understandably. Also believably.