May 2, 2011 - In addition to all her other talents, Marie Wintzer is an excellent photographer. I think she has been very successful at integrating this work into her mail-art. The piece she sent (above) is a Polaroid. The scan is not particularly good but does capture the darkness and graininess of the shot.
It's becoming more and more evident to me that, beyond her obvious skills and natural aesthetic abilities, one of Marie's great gifts is creating art that is conceptual or concept-based. So my first reaction to this piece was that it was derived from Fluxus, not uncommon at the IUOMA. All the elements are there in classic form. Additionally, I thought of a Ben Vautier performance video involving chairs that's posted on this site.
The more time I spend with it, however, the more I realize it is a subtle piece of expressionism and captures a unique emotional experience, albeit on the dark side. The title "la nuit" is poetic, minimal, and captures the mood perfectly. Marie's note (actually the true recipient of this piece is Dark wall, but he's not very articulate) explains the mail-art a bit more:
This goes back to March 17 when Marie found herself a near-refugee as the result of the Japan tragedy. At the same time, our mutual friend Dark wall was creating an incomprehensible (or incoherent) mail-art epic in her honor based on Dante. Marie was called upon to review drafts via IUOMA daily. I can't imagine this was a pleasant time for Marie on any level. That explains what the note is about. The Polaroid is stapled into some very cool material that gives the work a haptic dimension. Marie never fails to amaze with great envelopes:
And the reverse:
As ever. make sure to check out Marie's amazing mail-art blog: