Mail art by IUOMA member Linda Faye French (Two Harbors, Minnesota, USA)
January 7, 2015 - Linda Faye French of Minnesota sent me some wonderful mail art. This piece, approximately 4 X 6 inches, is painted (or otherwise dabbed or drawn) meticulously upon very sturdy material. I think this work has a wonderful sense of movement and design, primarily involving repetition. This is an abstract work, certainly not the first I have seen in contemporary mail art, that borders on being vispo or asemics without making the full leap (which is completely okay I hasten to add).
In mail art, genres tend to overlap in interesting ways (in some instances it is called intermedia). This work by Linda Faye French is a fine example of the possibilities. Unfortunately, I have struggled a bit trying to decide whether the work is best viewed as horizontal or vertical. So here is another possibility:
The strings are a wonderful touch as well. I am not yet familiar enough with Linda Faye French’s style and personal visual syntax to offer an interpretation, other than registering that I like what she is doing very much. Here is the reverse side:
Mail art by Linda Faye French is a shining example of contemporary mail art. Observers have noted – John Held Jr. among them – that on the current scene (what I call Mail Art NouveauX) mail-art’s connection to conceptual art and the post-avant (via the Ray Johnson lineage) is diminishing and the genre is evolving into folk art.
This work by Linda Faye French, I believe, reveals the folk art aspect as well. This piece also mimics aspects of digital art that is also appearing more and more frequently in the network. Thus, a triumph of this art by Linda Faye French is its harmonious synthesis of several diverse modes. The envelope is very nice as well:
And the reverse:
Many thanks to Linda Faye French for this lovely mail art and apologies for the vertical/horizontal confusion. (She is not the first.) I look forward to exchanges in 2015.