July 15th, 2002

pinhole camera

honoria o'connoria:

Our writing class assignment was to write like on of the writers in our course packet . I chose Flannery O'Connor:

A mail art postcard is a puzzle piece, a complete thing, yet also a fragment of a circulating art exhibition--and in true mail art postcards, both sides of the card poetically interact with each other, and at the same time, both sides make a special statement intended for a specific receiver with a consideration that the receiver is a part of a huge network of people whose whole art form is the postcard. As a member of the network of postcard makers, senders, and receivers, I prefer to say that a postcard is a dramatic event that involves two people in a web of mailed messages. Inspired by direct or indirect messages from other senders the mail artist uses the postcard to communicate with one person while at the same time participating in the whole international network.

Such a postcard involves the mystery of the near and the far. The near mystery is the artist’s own relationship with her creative personality, the mystery of what will be created. The far mystery is how the art will be received. Who besides the sender will see it; will it be valued in a collection; will it be included in a publication? I once showed a stack of mail art postcards to my open systems thinking professor. He carefully examined the small artworks and their stamps and said, "These seem to be part of some international system; they have some things in common but are each surprising in their own way. Why are they all addressed to you? Are you an attractor for this art?" Mail art is chaos theory with postage--networked artists are strange attractors for postcards.