Victorian DaDa


Victorian DaDa

DeVillo Sloan inspired me to start this group, and I'd like help defining it, and would love to see other examples besides my own. 

This group is dedicated to mail art, perhaps with a time period theme (Pre-Raphaelite, Flapper, Byzantine, Edwardian, even modern day) of an elegant nature spiked with a Dada / Surreal twist. 

Elements can be added as creatively as the artist would like.... Or taken out. Nature is prevalent due to the Romantic floral effect and poetry (often cut & paste) is incorporated. An arm or leg can be truncated and repositioned. Woo Hoo! 

Or anything you feel like.

Thank you, and hope to see you here! 



Location: Anytime.
Members: 31
Latest Activity: Oct 24, 2019

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victorian dada???

Started by carl baker. Last reply by Gin Sep 21, 2018. 2 Replies

 created by gin? who is gin and why do they not participate in their group?gives iuoma a bad name, c'mon people!Continue

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 25, 2014 at 5:21pm

New posts are excellent, IMHO.

Comment by Petrolpetal on March 21, 2014 at 8:21am
Nice - to both!
Comment by Petrolpetal on March 20, 2014 at 2:40pm

OK. Now, I am probably over thinking this ( as I usually do) but for me it is part of the fun. ..I've done a bit more reading and thinking and I think I understand the theme better. Brilliant,jewel-like colours - no dingy,grungy corners; even lighting - no ominous shadows;as much detail given to the main subject as to the elements in the back/foreground- no fuzzy shading;use of symbols to convey a message - including elements from nature; an abundance of luxurious detail. Traditional subject - young red/long haired european women. And the Gin element : that Dada/surreal twist. I think I am  going to work on the idea of imitating the pre Raphaelite style with non european subjects (African/Asian elegance)...

Comment by Petrolpetal on March 17, 2014 at 6:16pm

I wish I had taken this photo: ( its by Alice Mertens) - Its elegant - and has surreal elements - Would you say it fits the theme??

Comment by Petrolpetal on March 16, 2014 at 7:58pm

Its going to be fun....

Comment by Petrolpetal on March 16, 2014 at 6:42pm

Phew! This will be challenging for me. But I love whats been posted so far and I will get to work... I've been collecting old embroidery patterns forever - so I think thats where I'll get my nature/floral elements...and I might try some articulated limbs... mmm. but the best part will be to incorporate that surreal,acid twist! My thoughts are a whizzing and whirling... happy days!

Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 16, 2014 at 3:51pm

I received this piece from Moan Lisa (Iowa, USA) that I would consider Victorian DaDa. I think its really interesting that Moan, who is pretty much informed and driven by DaDa and Fluxus, has produced quite a few pieces like this.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 6, 2014 at 3:30pm

Marie Antoinette precedes the Victorian, but I thought this piece by Janine Weiss (Switzerland) captures the V-DaDa concept.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on March 4, 2014 at 9:40pm

No hijack intended, Gin. All yours. Glad I could provide the kernel of a concept. I like your idea.


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