A Blog Post for Bifidus Jones by Cheryl Penn The Backbone of the World

Mail Art received 22nd October 2010

I received one of Bifidus' beautifully quiet but intense collages as a contribution to The World is a Town Project. It is so well made it survived the journey to Africa with narry a scratch. Bifidus, it is beautifully integrated - anatomical text with mapping - the text and linear elements of the map and spine drawing are seamless.



I was going to call it - Is The World Spineless, but that didn't sound like Bifidus to me - and the work is too gentle to infer that anyway. I got the same feeling when seeing the collage masterpieces of Max Ernst in Paris last year - Une Semaine De Bonte - A week of Kindness or The Seven Deadly Elements Novel.


Purely by chance I googled "The Backbone of the World" thinking SOMEONE must have thought of that before me - they had of course (there is nothing new under the sun). It was apparently a movie dealing with the area of the Continental Divide and the preservation of spiritual-ness for its inhabitants. I dont know why, but I also am reminded of a line from one of Mike Bats songs "write it on the walls of the world". Why can I also feel The Ride to Agadier? This is powerful stuff Bifidus.
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From Bifidus Jones who I think needs no introduction! Thanks - I was so looking forward to receiving your work, and was NOT disappointed - I hope you are hard at The Crimson Giant?? I am working on the next section as well. Would you mind putting your work into an envelope?? I knows that you nose that. And I wish too that reality was more muted - its loud to deal with at the best of times... THANK YOU!


Interesting informed choice of words MUTE and DEPRESS "only as visible as a stalking shadow".

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