February 25, 2011 - Susanna Lakner's Chapter Q is arriving in mailboxes across the globe. Susanna is well-known in the network for her distinctive style, amazing blogs, and numerous projects that recently included a print journal featuring some absolutely spectacular visual poetry. She has created Planet Susannia, truly an alternate world of art; and this theme is used in Chapter Q. The top photo is the last page of the chapter. I used it first because this contribution to Cheryl Penn's 26 collaborative mail-art book project is Maximum Susannia indeed:
Susanna chose to create a butterfly species to inhabit the planet; it fits in perfectly with the archaeological, sci-fi, mythic, X-Files themes of Project 26. As a follower of her blogs for many months, I know Susanna Lakner has an amazing grasp of the historic avant garde, especially as it manifests in Germany: a formidable tradition for sure. She effortlessly synthesizes elements including vispo, collage, and found materials into something very unique and that also exhibits a great deal of skill:
A little exploration of evolution here and characteristic Susanna image juxtapositions. On the right-hand page above, the double zeros (OO) are a flap or door you can open to see an image on the next page. When the flap is open, it looks like this:
So we get the "Q" and a butterfly image. I'm sure book artists must have a name for this technique. It's interesting to note that TIC TAC (also from Germany) used a similar concept in her Chapter T, whereas Cheryl Penn chose to include smaller pages - chapters within chapters - in her Chapter B (which I still have not received!).
All in all, yet another exciting contribution to the project. Susanna used the Q stamp on the envelope as well:
The zip code is in the place where the P.O. Box number should be. Note to self: E-mail Susanna with correct address (again). Susanna Lakner also included some of her printed cards, and here's my favorite from the batch:
Planet Susannia is an outstanding blog with mail-art, good links, and more:
Avoid Prophet-sharing plans. Do not eat your Prophets; it's bad for the bottom line (see today's quote). Opportunity awaits you on Monday. Lucky numbers: 16, 17, 30, 22
MAIL-ART COLOR FOR THE DAY: Red oxide
MAIL-ART QUOTE FOR THE DAY
U.S. poet Tom Clark's blog is gaining a permanent place in my daily blog hopping. His post from yesterday with a quote from Ezra Pound moved even my idiotic and jaded sensibilities in a kind of awe. Also included by some confluence of randomness is a pic grabbing the last word in Sandpo, which I would not describe as awesome but something better.
"Let those I love try to forgive what I have made." Only Pound could pull that off with the extraordinary resonance it contains.