mixed media, 1999-2000

Dys(FUNCTION) is based on a ten page letter typed by a woman in 1950 to her father. It is her reply to a letter she had received from him only days earlier. “Doris” took the letter to a photo lab before she mailed it to her father so she would have a copy of the letter. My photographs of this letter were taken from these negatives. The pages of the letter are displayed with found family photographs which I ran through a paper shredder and then reconstructed. The exposed elements of the installation are juxtaposed to question the fine line between function and dysfunction.