Layers/Letter to my Shadow

Salena Barry

Heather Agyepong, Somebody Stop Me, from the series ego death, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist.

Read the full text in the downloadable pdf at the bottom of this page or listen to a recording of it read by Salena Barry using the Soundcloud link above.

Salena Barry is Jerwood Writer in Residence from July 2022 – December 2022. This is her response to Heather Agyepong‘s work ego death, commissioned as part of Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4. Iman Osman is an artist and Jerwood Writer in Residence Editor. She has collaborated with Salena Barry to create a soundscape to complement her reading.

The more I see the mass floating menacingly under the crepe-thin surface, the more I want to pierce the barrier. The more I want to let it out, let me in. The more I want to become whole.