Drawing on content from Auckland Museum's previous exhibition Love & Loss, as well as newly commissioned works, this book explores the magic of writing via three themes: love, longing, and loss. Centering the transformative power of writing, it offers a reflection on how writing to and about each other captures and crystallises emotion in the marks and signs we make. Not just about words from within museum collections or from the hands of poets, this story- the story of words and writing and how it binds us – belongs to us all. In this way we are all magicians.
The Love & Loss exhibition draws from the museum’s manuscript collection and items loaned from the public. This exhibition reframes these documents, letters, diaries, emails and text messages – often dismissed as ordinary and everyday – as artifacts that hold our emotional lives and allow us to do extraordinary things.
Size: 18.5 x 12 x 0.8 cm