I have always had a collectors mind in wich I have put great meaning into material things. Collections of early stamps from the Swedish post, Pepsi-Cola bottles from foreign countries, drafting tools from the 1910s to 1970s to mention some. But sooner or later I had always found myself thrown into a situation I could not handle. The stamps got too expensive and suddenly I had paid 600 Euros in an auction for a thin and smelly piece of paper, the bottles of Pepsi turned into demons in my dreams in wich I crawled around in warehouses trying to catch them before they smashed. The intricate mechanisms of the drafting pencils occupied my mind to the extent that I stopped drawing.
I just always had to sell, give away or throw my collections at the end to survive, and this has set its marks. I was afraid of loosing myself to materia. Soon I could not even keep a normal set of furniture in my home before I figured out ways of how to dispose them. I was afraid they would take over my life. I had become a minimalist!
To come over this I started with self therapy and I did it by beginning playing disc golf. It's a playful sport in wich You continously throw away an object (the Frisbee) and retreat the same. This worked fine before I discovered the joy of collecting frisbees, old and new, different molds, wheights, flightabilities...
My traditionally art work has always had a collectors mind attached to it. When I exhibited I did not sell anything so I have always been stuck with my art and keeping every art work I have done has not been good for my progressiv thinking. They soon become a collection that occupied my mind. I have for a long time been fascinated by mail art and parallell to one of my exhibitions I sent out 150 invitations to small islands in the pacifics and carribians as well as madagaskar and this triggered the outcome; no visitors to my gallery but a lot of people recieving strange invitations to a cold and wintery landscape.
In later days I have discover the joy of being answered by a fellow artist and the throwing the art away has turned into mail art.
Thanks for a wonderful site Ruud and thank You older members for a warm welcoming!