Sculpture created by Virginia Fitzgerald in memory of Amy Elizabeth Toyen
and titled Dear Jeff . . .
. The sculpture is modeled after Toyen's expected wedding dress and was created using tea-dyed paper and wallpaper paste on a wooden molding. The sculpture sits on a re-purposed white table top serving as a base.
The top of the dress, which is sleeveless with a square neckline and low-scooped back, is comprised of bits and pieces of Toyen’s cards and notes to her fiancé Jeff Gonski during the course of their relationship, most of which start with "Dear Jeff." Near the stomach/lower ribs area are fragments of the announcements and news articles regarding the couple’s engagement and upcoming 2002 wedding. At the hips, are articles pertaining to Toyen’s death on 9/11, including Missing posters created by her family. The skirt portion of the dress is made of condolence cards, offers of aid, support, prayers, and even monetary contributions. Other post-9/11 correspondence also forms the vines, leaves, and pods that extend from the bottom of the skirt and up toward the dress itself.