Enveloped
Project info

Upon opening mail sent in a security envelope, I am often struck more by the envelope’s interior than by its contents. The pattern meant to prevent others from seeing inside an envelope is itself something to see. I imagine the person asked to come up with a security pattern. It would be simple enough to copy one. But sometimes, they choose instead to make something new, and undeniably beautiful. They choose to make art.

Over the years, I began examining the security envelopes I receive in the mail, and saving those rare ones with compelling patterns. The images were printed cheaply, in low-fidelity, but I always pictured the continuous lines of the artist’s sketch. By turning rough pixels into smooth lines, I have sought to approximate those original drawings. The result is a series of over 30 images.

My project is about recognizing these images as art, and giving them the attention they deserve.