Folk Heroes – a Trashbook by (x-IUOMA member) Lisa Iversen (Indiana, USA)
August 8, 2019 - Lisa Iversen (aka Skybridge Studios, aka Lisa Lisa, aka “The Quiet One”) was an Eternal Network veteran well before she achieved the status of mail art “Legend” via Trashpo & DKult. She has also produced notable vispo & asemics of lasting consequence.
Lisa Iversen is more humble & less flamboyant than many of her Trashpo counterparts, but those “in the know” can testify to her importance & network popularity. After nearly a decade of Trashpo, Fan Club Wars & asemic & vispo debates, it is not surprising that Lisa Lisa has chosen to live a somewhat secluded life on a vast overgrown plantation in the heart of Indiana, miles from the nearest post office. I can respect her privacy & hope you do as well.
But for whatever reason, the world-renowned Skybridge Studios re-opened at least long enough to create this contemporary Trashbook masterpiece: Folk Heroes. I am the lucky recipient & thus share with you.
The Trashbook (along with the Trash & Pass) is one of Trashpo’s greatest contributions to correspondence art. One need not dig back in time too far on the net to find Trashbook masterpieces, vast dumpster epics of visionary slack. Yet today, in a new era of add & pass & zine mania, few artists dare attempt the sustained discipline required to produced a Trashbook; the bar was set very high by the Trashpoets. Lisa Iversen, in my estimation, has produced a Trashbook instant classic with Folk Heroes.
Many networkers ask me, “Is Trashpo over?” "What has happened to DKult?” Questions along those lines. I do not believe it is my place to answer questions of such great complexity & import, even if I could.
Lisa Iversen’s Folk Heroes might actually begin to answer these questions. Folk Heroes could well be one of the first serious reflections on Trashpo in a Post-Trashpo Era. Folk Heroes has a self-reflective quality that is absent in the earlier Trashbooks. Lisa Lisa seems to be looking back, brilliantly I might add, on the modes & individuals who shaped Trashpo & DKult. Insights & surprises are abundant. The cryptic quality of the discourse is fabulous.
Deepest thanks to Lisa Iversen for this marvelous Trashbook.
Cover of Folk Heroes by Lisa Iversen
By Lisa Iversen. A nod to the great Nancy Bell Scott (Maine, USA)?
Mail art book by Lisa Iversen
Folk Heroes by Lisa Iversen
Back cover of Folk Heroes by Lisa Iversen