Works-in-progress and project experiences from Postal Collage Project No.12. most recent update: December 3 Collaborators, submit images and text HERE.
Almah LaVon Rice
This might be my most exuberant collaborative postal collage experience!
It might be because the collagists before me used a delightfully anarchic collection of papers–paper doilies, wrappings from tea, maps, scraps of tape, labels, and other fragments of mysterious provenance. None of it precious, all of it pleasing. The festival of papers inspired me, so for my part I added:
* a sparkled square * shards of dried acrylic, leftovers from a printmaking project * a security envelope piece * a triangle of painted foil * a particularly colorful, geometric corner of an old brochure * detritus from a cardmaking workshop I led years ago * a triangle of jaunty packaging from a box of markers * a rectangle of spray-painted paper * a length of sheet music * fragments from forms in various languages
The finishing touch was adding dimensional paint in lines and dots. The thing is, it was near-impossible to stop! I could spend a few eternities wandering among this wonderfully fractured landscape, this archipelago of papers, shapes, and colors. It reminds me of the first night sky, after the Big Bang. The aftermath of a piñata, detonated. The interior life of a kaleidoscope. This is a world I didn’t want to let go of. But off it must go to the next postal collage accomplice. I dispatch it with kisses, memories of apocalypse, fire. New worlds will come. They always do.
Indeed and forever, Black Lives Matter.
Black collagists, like me, matter.
I added 3 kinds of tape to Round 3 (above) and embroidery floss and pattern paper to round 4 (below)
This one came to me with the instructions: décollage. It looked both “good” and “sturdy” and I wondered at how I would décollage it, honoring what had been made this far and also the intention to undo some of it.
It sat on my table for weeks. And passing it tonight I just kinda lifted at a piece. Then tugged harder. And once I started ripping pieces off I didn’t want to stop. I peeled the nice lady off in pieces. I pulled up all the sunburst rays. Then I lay all the bits back down mosaic style on the background, placed her on top (in pieces) looking off away from the jumble. She was unstuck. I was unstuck. Unsticking was the point and the process. I glued it all back up, left it to dry and I’ll mail it off with the little bits I peeled off that didn’t seem to fit back in. In case they are useful?
These are one piece, back and front. Originator- Karolyn
This from Lauren. I found an old postcard from Madison from one of the pail and shovel art happenings, adding flamingos and an owl to the bird theme
Round 3 before (above) and after (below). There were a lot of small shapes with fine details so I shifted the composition. I also wanted to nudge the action out of the center.
Round 2. I’ve never met a structure I didn’t want to break or soften somehow, so that’s what I did with this collage started by Deborah using pieces that were already on my studio table.
Natalie E. Sanchez
Round 2, Before & After:
Round 3, BEFORE:
…I totally forgot to take a picture of the AFTER! oops!
I’m using trimmings from the paper cutter. I made a the almost all white collage as my starter and can’t wait to see what happens to it. Color?! When I received the first collage in the round, I added the white paper scraps and white paint.
Daniel Mc Keon
Cora de Lang
Almah LaVon Rice
Eve De Ley
My start (above) and my first round of collaboration (below)
I met one of my co-collaborators today.
The first piece I received from Iowa was large-ish and a little unwieldy to mail. But my mail to: co-collaborator lives very nearby so I asked if she would be ok with me dropping it on her porch. She suggested we meet up for a handoff, which we did today. First: Maura is very nice and was wearing the exact same shoes I wear every day to work. It probably doesn’t mean anything, but I take it as a good sign anyway. Second: We had a very pleasant chat and seem to share a perspective and approach to the project. I don’t know what her art looks like so aesthetically we may be a mismatch, but at least as collaborators I have the sense that I am in good company. Third: This meeting in person raises the stakes for me somehow. I was legitimately anxious about it and not just because I’m an introvert, but because now the collaboration is *real*. It’s one thing to have an ideological partnership, a philosophical responsibility to another, and I take that seriously. But now that partner has, not just a name, but a face, and a shared shoe preference. The co-work is physically embodied in a person with an intriguing green necklace and a kid who needs picking up after school. I didn’t want to let her down before, but now that I’ve seen the bumper stickers on her car I *really* don’t want to let her down. My goals this round of the project are to move quickly, not be too precious and ensure I’m not an obstacle to the group’s completion. Meeting Maura in person helps with that last bit for sure, but the first two…well, it’s just going to be a little bit harder to refrain from overthinking.