It was while de Lang was living in Nigeria (1995-1999) that she started to collect some envelopes that contained important messages for her, which in turn inspired her to adorn these keepers of memories.
“I was conscious of “their presence” and the long journeys they had undertaken, of the many hands that touched them.
My first Envelope was called UNICEF. It started its journey in Nigeria, travelled back to Europe, from there to Mexico and finally got to Sri Lanka, where it decided to remain in Kandy!"
Cora learnt from her mother, who came from Guatemala, that similar to the Mayan culture in Mexico, people pass on energy to objects when they touch them. “I was aware of this when I interacted with my envelopes, looking for the hidden energy, deciphering and recreating narratives of these wandering objects.
Some people I know would even be able to “read” stories out of them, could “catch” the “footprints” on these envelopes, simply be touching them. This idea started to obsess me.
It seems that this idea offers an explanation why in many of my art works I recycled “everyday life” objects from my own surroundings where I was already part of their stories.
At a later stage some other artists from different countries joined me. There is an International Postal Collage Project series called ‘”Round Table” where the art works in progress were sent in envelopes by post into a collaboration with other artists in the world, ending finally in Berkeley, California, USA. (UK, France, USA, Australia, Germany, Ireland, in my case I started some of them in Germany and finished in Spain, or Argentina)
Such a group intervening by visual inspiration on envelopes was not part of the initial idea, but it inspired me and other artists. The results became more complex, denser, offering more details. What is certain is that these envelopes are no longer simple envelopes carrying a message, but became permeated with stories which I was always a part of.