Mail art by IUOMA member Ficus strangulensis (Charleston, West Virginia, USA)
January 13, 2015 - In 2012 acclaimed otherstream writer and artist Ficus strangulensis participated in a mail-art project involving collaborations with Diane Keys (USA), Marie Wintzer (Japan) and me. The project had visual poetry and performance components. In short, Ficus strangulensis composed what he termed “shotpo” by using work sent him by the participants for rifle target practice in his basement. (He is a skilled marksman.) Results were documented:
A more permanent record can be found in Vessels of Love, a book by Diane Keys published by MinXus-Lynxus:
In this blog, I am pleased to document at long last another artifact from the Ficus strangulensis shotpo project (see top scan). This is the text of a Shakespeare sonnet formatted as a target and mailed to Ficus strangulensis by me along with other project documents already mentioned. The shotpo was returned in an envelope with this message:
As an update to the notorious shotpo project, I am also pleased to share with you an ascemicized remix of the shotpo sonnet I made:
“Shakespearean Homage to Philip K. Dick – A Sonnet” by Ficus strangulensis & De Villo Sloan
I am very happy to be able to make this lost classic available, and many thanks to Fike for his participation in the shotpo project.