The Leaving and the Left, A Celebration of Love and Loss – Artist Statement
Patina, n. The complex quality of ruins due to its ability to communicate age and history through physical change.
Rusty metal, worn wood, decayed wires. Love, when it first sparks, burns hot. Love needs heat to form, just as metal does, and glass. If the fire burns too hot, it burns itself out. When allowed to cool, it forms a solid recognizable thing that is affected by the ravages of time, and becomes more beautiful as it is exposed to the elements.
The feelings of intense love may fade, but they have been expressed, and still exist somewhere out there in the ether. Also floating out there in the Universe are these bitter, rancorous feelings. Feelings that are just as valid and important as the I love yous and You mean the world to mes. Both feelings deserve to be honored, and the best way to do this is to honor them in the same space in time.
A relationship gains, over time, a collective memory of what the relationship is. The two central figures in a relationship have an idea of what their relationship is, as do those around them. These ideas may be different ones, but they all make up the definition of what that particular relationship is — a collective definition of the relationship. Once the relationship shifts, changes, fades away, what’s left is a collective memory of the relationship.
This emotional patina is best explored with old things. Rusty metal. Reclaimed telephone wires, used in communication. Glass, a liquid that behaves like a solid. Glass, like metal and love, needs heat to form. These materials, along with remnants of forgotten love letters and post-love emails, explore collective memory and emotional patina in The Leaving and the Left, a Celebration of Love and Loss. The series will continue on, hopefully, using letters and emails donated by others, so that the celebration of emotional patina may continue.
Please send original love letters to be included in future incarnations of The Leaving and the Left to: PO Box 7457, Missoula, MT, 59802.
If you’d like to send email to the project, which will be printed and remixed for inclusion in future artwork for The Leaving and the Left, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marc Moss was born and raised in the Rust Belt near Akron, Ohio. Shortly after earning his Bachelor of Science in English from Kent State University in 1995, Marc worked in Yellowstone National Park seasonally until 2001. He kicked around several Montana towns before settling in Missoula in 2002. Marc has created artwork all of his adult life, and has shown in Akron, Ohio, and throughout Missoula, Montana.
Without the support and continued patience of many many people, this project could not have been completed. Thank you to all who have helped along the way, including, The Art Hang Up, Lucas Dupuis, Lucas Grossi, Home Resource, Abby McGill, and all who have believed in the project, especially those who have contributed to it.