Mail art by IUOMA member (?) Babs Bird (London, UK)
“Who vanished into nowhere Zen New Jersey leaving a trail of ambiguous picture postcards of Atlantic City Hall…”
– Allen Ginsberg in Howl
July 21, 2015 - The postcard is a dominant form in contemporary mail art. Babs Bird’s reconfigurations of the postcard foundation through collage are fascinating and an interesting, self-reflective commentary on correspondence art. In this piece and in her work I have seen elsewhere, Babs Bird takes utilitarian, rote and often contrived postcard images and alters them so they express a different, sometimes contrary, narrative or message. The original model village/tin mining image in this piece received is, I believe, brilliantly deconstructed.
And as for the fave Allen Ginsberg quote that opened this humble blog
“who vanished into nowhere Zen New Jersey leaving a trail of ambiguous picture postcards of Atlantic City Hall….”
Babs Bird of London has been active on the IUOMA-Ning platform in recent weeks. Today when I went to find some information about her, I found her gone. A click into her profile produced only a big paragraph of garbled code. Maybe it is a tech glitch at my end. Who knows? I have miles to go and promises to keep, as somebody once said.
Perhaps I will never encounter Babs Bird again. So many thanks for this wonderful mail art!