Mail-art by IUOMA member Kyra Matustik (Stockholm, Sweden)
June 24, 2011 - The postcard-size collage above is my first mail-art received from Swedish visual artists Kyra Matustik. I hope it is the beginning of many more exchanges. As sometimes happens in mail-art, I have a natural affinity to her work.
This work she sent reveals shades of surrealism and also what I think is her uncanny ability to combine images that at first seem to have no association into a larger whole. Of course I particularly like the fish and bit of text in the upper left-hand corner of the piece. Kyra included some explanation her note on the reverse side:
"It's about dictator and food." Fantastic. Kyra, here and elsewhere, often applies what Thierry Tillier (Belgium) has so perfectly described as "La loi esthetique des deus hypostases." This is an approach to composition using images (and text) that can be traced through the western avant garde to sources such as Da Da and imagism. Here's a classic Tillier work to illustrate the principle in pure form:
For right now, I'll only go this far talking about Kyra and other artists in her part of the world, including Tillier and Little Shiva, trusting that there will be opportunities to return to this in the future. Thank you so much Kyra!
Unfortunately, Kyra Matustik seems to be in the process of overhauling her website. I'll add a link where you can see more of her work when I can find one.