14 Mysteries

Bea Nettles

Bea Nettles
14 Mysteries
Digital print on rag paper with linen ties
5.1 x 10.2 cm closed; 5.1 x 43.2 cm opened
Urbana, Illinois
2008
FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives

14 Mysteries
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Read Me!

Bea Nettles’s 14 Mysteries showcases fourteen keys on sheets of rag paper. Each key is unique, with varying sizes, shapes, and handles. Beneath the keys, a sentence reads, “These keys were found in a cluster when we moved here in 1984. Their purposes have long been forgotten. After 22 years they hang on a hook in the basement. No one has the heart to just throw them away. One never knows when their role in our house will be revealed.”