I just finished working on one of the unsent letters, reading through and applying the 'redactions'. Some of these I can get through in a breeze, just scanning words and blocking them out. Other times, it tears at my heart, re-reading those letters. Re-living experiences. Revealing some things, hiding others.
Making personal work is an exercise in emotional strength. It takes determination, belief in yourself, knowledge that what you're making is true and good. I am so grateful to have this year to really delve into this project and work through so many aspects of it. We're just starting Spring Break, so I'll be spending a whole lot more time in the studio this week, as well as writing my paper.
Now, back to those letters (4 down, 9 to go...)