September 29, 2011 - Prettylily (aka Sue Bowen) has become a good mail-art friend, a bond that was strengthened through her steadfast involvement in the Asemics 16 collaborative book project.
Serving on the Asemic High Council, she and Skybridge Studios (Indiana, USA) at times even had to weigh in on the hard calls: Are those chicken scratchings on that board from Bolivia asemic writing? And should we devote an edition to asemic chicken scratchings? At times, it got that strange. But seriously...
Sue is incredibly talented in many areas of art. She recently sent me the gorgeous piece above that departs from her asemic triumphs. To me, the foundation of this clever vispo is the text weave, pioneered by Tina Festa (Italy) and my Asemics 16 partner Cheryl Penn (South Africa). Yet the price/item tag belies another burgeoning mail-art genre identified by Sue on the reverse side:
Yes! Sue goes Trashpo - the first piece I have received from her. And how can one utter or type Trashpo without invoking mail-art legend Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA), who has taken a fairly obscure concept created by Jim Leftwich (Virginia, USA) and turned it into an eternal network phenom?
The DK influence is here, perhaps best revealed in the subdued, Rust Belt washout color choices. Sue Bowen chooses a broken-grid structure and, perhaps, in this played-down repetitiveness echoes DK's remarkable ability to demolish (or D-Konstruct) structure entirely to create a work that might be considered pure content or the triumph of chaos and disorganization over any sort of order. For a point of comparison, here is a newly discovered piece by Diane Keys entitled "Discount art through fog":
(Mail-art by Diane Keys (Illinois, USA)
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Sue Bowen's approach is different but she brilliantly captures the Trashpo aesthetic (I think). The language fragments work as Trashpo also. The difference between Sue and DK: (1) Sue's work doesn't have that gooey sticky coating DK puts on her mail-art and (2) I was not stuck with postage due.
Recycling is also part of the Trashpo phenom. Not long ago Sue Bowen sent me some material she identifies as recycling. I think it is very nice:
She included a very nice note on the reverse side:
I am building an extensive Sue Bowen collection, and I am thrilled to have some of her Trashpo work.
Sue, I'm not as prolific as many mail-artists. It has been all I can do these past months to keep pace with Asemics 16. Soon I plan to start sending out non-project-related work, and of course you are high on the list. Many thanks for the work you are sending!