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Exposed Mattress Springs Transformed Into A Love Letter
By Anthea Quay, 04 Feb 2013
Assistant professor of journalism and media studies Jad Melki created an art piece that expresses “the absence of presence”.
Entitled ‘La Chaleur de L’amour & la Beauté des Paroles’ (The warmth of love & the beauty of words), the installation features an exposed spring mattress, in a warmly-lit glow, with its inner metal springs transformed into letters that make up words and sentences.
The words were extracted from found letters, written by Melki’s mother to his father, while she was in Sierra Leone and he was at the American University of Beirut during 1974.
His father read the letters every night before going to sleep, finding comfort in them while feeling his wife’s presence in her absence.
The mattress/letter says: “De l’après-midi j’ai besoin de ta présence. J’ai besoin de toi et de tes paroles pour me réconforter. J’ai besoin de sentir la chaleur de ton amour et la beaute de tes paroles.”—Monfenore (25th of March 1974, 12:30)
It translates to: “In the afternoon I need your presence. I need your words to relief me. I need to feel the warmth of your love and the beauty of your words.”
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