Recently I've seen several "altered" pieces -- in particular one piece that I received also and when mine arrived it did not say "add and return" or anything like that. Is it always OK to add to or alter other's MA pieces? Should you ask the creator of the piece first? Also, some pieces just feel like fully realized pieces of art as is.
My sentiments exactly, Heleen.
When I send something out I totally feel it is a gift to that person to do with whatever suits them. We all know there are pieces we receive that we love and treasure and some, well, meh.....why not recycle?? It's true I don't think I've sent anything back to the original creator or even been moved to post it prominently , which maybe feels like there's still something a bit unresolved here about it.....but I especially would never want to feel that I made someone guilty about hanging on to something I've sent that maybe wants to be tossed in the garbage or recycled in some creative (or un-) way. I just received a postcard that says it's a 2002 (I think) recycled piece of mail. I don't know which part of it is original, if any, but I like this idea.
lorsque je crée un Art Postal déjà quel plaisir ce passage par la création
!! Le fait de le destiner à quelqu'un est encore un plus de joiecar nous l'offrir
.Lorsque je l'envoie ,j'éprouve de la joie , c'est un cadeau particulier .Mon imagination fertile vagabonde. Car avant de parvenir à son destinaire,.Il me plait de penser tout d'abord au cheminement de ce courrier si particulier ." J’espère toujours que les services postaux vont en prendre soin, qu'ils aient du plaisir aussi à la découverte de cet Art" "que les diverses chemins empreintes par ma création provoquent des sourires, interpelle benefiquement des réactions.J éprouve beaucoup de bonheur à le créer et aussi j'éprouve beaucoup de bonheur lorsque j'en découvre un dans ma boite aux lettres.Cela embellit ma vie , mon cœur , mes pensées.Il ne nous appartient plus dés que nous l'avons posté...Personnellement ceux que je reçois sont chacun précieux à mes yeux , je les conserve précieusement et ne les recyclerait pas car ce sont des créations originales et uniques.Mais chacun est libre de son ressentit et utilisation . Car l' Art Postal n'est il pas un Art libre? Je respecte donc le choix de chacun .Mais comme précise JAN, cela aussi doit faire plaisir que de nouveau recyclé.
I think it is only common decency to ask first, sending the altered art, privately, to the author showing the change, before making it public.And of course clearly acknowledging the combined authorship in the final piece.
But at the same time i agree that our artwork should not be made a static monument, after all mail Art is supposed to be effimera.
From the very beginning, I knew that in Mail Art it is customary sometimes to supplement and rework the received object without asking permission. There are no inscription "Add_and_Pass" on the object, but it is still greatly changed and supplemented, and returned to me in this form. Personally, I hate it very much, and yet I have to endure this part of the philosophy of Mail Art. As the saying goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do. You've got to play the game according to the local rules.".
I agree with Heleen. I cannot alter somebody else's piece unless asked to do it but if somebody does alter mine I do not mind. Once I finish a piece it is dead to me. The only piece of mine I care about is the one in hand. That is only a personal point of view of course and other artists think differently so I opt for respecting the art I receive, just in case. I may pass it on but in its pristine state. Anyhow, my mind is always bursting with ideas to which I have not the time to give form. Why would I need or want to destroy, transform or otherwise alter somebody else's work?