collecting news headlines

I have settled on writing the news headlines–I’ve been collecting since March–on rice paper scrolls. Written on this material and in my hand writing they seem poetic. Their power is taken away. Is this a way of processing? Of witnessing? Of being present?

What I’ve been collecting since march 2020

a corner of my studio where I am laying out what I’ve been collecting
Things Dr. Bonnie Henry said or says
The experience of being noticed as Asian right now
Women who have died through the hands of their husbands, boyfriends, sons in the UK in this time of covid – domestic violence
the strangeness of my studio at the school, the plastic makes the space feel weird, private but hard to connect with others; I have stuck polaroids outside the plastic, on the side facing the hall, so that the 2nd year MFAs know who’s behind the plastic; I see people walking by, I say ‘hi’, but I don’t really see them, we don’t really connect