Tuesday, August 03, 2010

"Love is not enough"

“I scrounged some iron-on-letters from the dollar bin at Sew-Low Fabric Discount Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one day while I was waiting for my mom at the beauty salon next door. Her hair was thinning from chemotherapy, and she was trying to make the best of it. My mom had lung cancer. She died eight months to the day after I made the shirt.
The shirt hangs in the doorway to a closet in my bedroom. Everyone asks where I got it, but nobody asks what it means. One visitor told me it feels like a warning. I suppose it is.”

Jen Collins, in: Glenn, Joshua & Hayes, Carol eds., 2007. Taking things seriously: 75 objects with unexpected significance. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.


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