From Carol Jerrems
To Jon Conté c1970-1973
Consisting of 23 envelopes with ephemera and one vintage silver
gelatin photograph, cut into 24 jigsaw puzzle pieces, each envelope
addressed to "Jon Conté, 85 Hamilton Street, Yarraville,
3013", most postmarked with date and place of sending, some
with return addresses typed or in ink or pencil, envelope sizes
range from 9.5 x 14.3cm to 10.1 x 15.1cm; 23.6 x 29.6cm (photograph
approx.). Minor silvering to photograph with its "puzzle"
pieces laid down on backing, minor foxing and tears to envelopes.
Jon Conté. Some envelopes are signed by Jerrems under
a pseudonym, such as "Jerry Moonshine, Jerry, Phenomenologically
Jerry, Micky Spillane of the Nullarbor Plain, Jonny Sunshiner,
A Free Apple, Lorac Smerrej [Carol Jerrems], or Germaine Eunuch."
One envelope is signed with a rainy storm cloud. Contents of
the letters generally include ephemera from Jerrems' travel:
across the Nullarbor to Perth, Sydney, regional Victoria, her
mother's house in Ivanhoe, or her then-current residence at St.
Kilda, Melbourne. One typed letter contains prose "Sunshine,
air, those bird-less trees. Sky of skies, a sea of yellow, big
golden moon made from story-book cheese laid by a ginger bread
goose in runny honey."
and Carol Jerrems met at Cathedral Hall, Fitzroy, while attending
a concert. Conté describes how "in the lowlit room
I turned around and there she was, very close, 'face to face'
her eyes, that shock of hair and a lovely smell. She quickly
and quietly said 'I think you're beautiful can I take photographs
realised that both were attending Prahran Technical College under
the tutelage of filmmaker Paul Cox, and began a four year relationship.
than being traditional letters, the correspondence between Jerrems
and Conté took the form of a "Dadaist ping-pong",
or collages of everyday life. The puzzle photograph is a portrait
of Conté. There are no pieces missing despite its incomplete
and background information from Jon Conté. A detailed
list is available upon request.
The group $16,500