Mail-art by IUOMA member Bifidus Jones (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)
December 26, 2010 - Bifidus Jones is the guiding force behind the Haptic Poetry group at the IUOMA. Bifidus and a number of others have been sending out work to friends across the world that emphasizes the tactile aspects of mail-art exchange. To the right of the amazing Jonesian-style images in the circles on this postcard-size piece are braille symbols that have been distorted. The address side of the piece showcases Bifidus Jones' distinctive mail-art style that often makes use of written symbols:
It certainly is an interesting experience to explore the surface of this piece with your fingers. There are small contusions to the right of the circles. The smoothness of the paper becomes an important factor. It's surprising how easy it is for us to become disengaged from our senses and thus the world. Spending just a little time experiencing haptic art can provide a real re-connection. Selecting a language designed to be read by touch is a unique concept to add to the haptic canon. Thanks so much for the mail-art, Bifidus Jones.
Mail-art color of the day: garnet