Röra Blue – Unsent Project
INTERVIEW Röra Blue talks about the Unsent Project
About The Unsent Project
The Unsent project is a collection of text messages, it allows people to say what they want to say to their first love while remaining anonymous. It also provides insight to the question “what color do people see love in?”
The submissions are used in collages which are visual representations of the diversity and unmistakable similarities between submitters feelings toward their first loves. The submissions are also created into stickers that can be purchased and are put up everywhere for the public to read.
The Unsent Project Collage
Over 2,000 people responded to the original prompt. I printed each submission on the color paper that the submitter specified. Then I arranged a selection of 400 of these texts by color. My goal was find out what color most people see love in. As I created the collage, I was pleasantly surprised to find that love is seen in the full spectrum of color. I wanted to create something that was visually appealing from a distance but emotional and meaningful up close.
My creation of this artwork is a defining moment that intersects conceptual art with social media. I wanted to reflect social media’s nuanced desire to say something from the heart yet remain anonymous. The collage is a tangible representation of the fearlessness to speak ones mind that people have when sitting behind a screen. The collage also reveals the immense amount of people who have something left unsaid to their first love whether that person is part of their past, present, or future.
I plan to create many more collages out of the newer submissions. I want to share even more unsent text messages with viewers and visually encompass the complexity of the feelings and colors associated with a first love. I see the collages functioning individually but ultimately conveying a larger message as a whole.
The existing collage is 4×7 feet and has been displayed at The Ice Blocks on R street in Sacramento and at TBDfest 2015. Currently, The Unsent Project has an international following and received 25,000 submissions. It is on display in the office of City Scout Magazine.