Mail art by IUOMA member Jayne Lyons (Lakeville, Minnesota, USA)
September 16, 2018 - Jayne B. Lyons is raising eyebrows in the Eternal Network with her spectacular collages, and she is nothing less than a raving sensation among the Trashpoets and DKulters.
She sent me these three strong, new beautiful collages I am thrilled to share. Even though Jayne has renamed the venerable MinXus movement “Minkus,” I see her as a kindred spirit as much as I can in this Post-MinXus age given her absorption in Trashpo.
Collage has been a tradition and a strength of the mail art network for over a half century. Jayne B. Lyons joins and is working within that tradition, offering both innovation and relevance. My “reliable sources” tell me that Jayne is a diligent sleuth and scholar, digging into network history. This shows in her work. She knows many classic collage tropes and misses entirely the peril of “reinventing the wheel.”
She also makes timely reference to current mail art trends and personalities. For instance, she sent a classic study of none other than Queen of Trashpo Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA). So let’s see if we can follow the iconography. We have DKult allusions in a “Minkus” collage:
Diane Keys collage portrait by Jayne B. Lyons
From MinXus-Lynxus: "Jayne B. Lyons also sent a not-so flattering portrait at the great yet elusive and extraordinarily handsome mail art genius De Villo Sloan. Unfortunately, Jayne did not allow the piece to dry properly and some sort of tissue paper is permanently attached to the piece. Perhaps this is actually an interesting interjection of chance operations.”
Also in FAB mail art tradition, the large envelope is an excellent piece itself:
Deepest thanks to Jayne B. Lyons!