acrylic & marker on board, 12x12 inches, 2010
I'm thrilled to have a piece in the upcoming show, Mail Me Art 2. Mail Me Art is a British-based project organized by Darren Di Lieto, founder and co-editor of Hire An Illustrator and the Little Chimp Society. Mail Me Art 1, held in April 2009, "brought together a vast collection of artistic work sent in the form of mail by both professional and amateur artists of all ages from across the world. A wide variety of media was used in an equally wide variety of styles." (1)
I have always enjoyed creating (and receiving!) mail art. I really like the addition of scuffs, marks, bumps and bruises it tends to receive while traveling through the postal system. Since I was sending this piece to England, I thought it would be fun to create something more durable to see how it would fare passing though so many hands.
Hyperdoodle Dream (detail 1)
Since I wanted to create something durable, I decide to try to send a piece of wood through the mail. Measuring 12x12 inches, the board is solid birch plywood. It was interesting trying to send this piece. I ended up going to 3 different post offices here in Kansas City before someone would give me the OK to send it as-is without any packaging. As for the image itself, this hyperdoodle is unique in that I mixed enamel based markers and water based markers together on one piece.
Darren has taken the time to set up a gallery that includes images from the last exhibit as well as a preview of the new one. Here are a few of my faves from Mail Me Art 1:
I couldn't make out the name on this piece, but I love it! (If anyone knows who did any of these 3 pieces, please let me know. Thanks.)
Take a look at all the pieces from both exhibits, here. BIG thanks to Darren for coordinating this show and for the fun opportunity! Mail Me Art 2 opens this Friday, July 30, 2010 at Red Gate Gallery, London.
(1) taken from Project Details, on the Mail Me Art website.