Summertime by Annette Kesterson (San Francisco, California, USA)

Kesterson - 8.28.2015 - 1

Mail art by IUOMA member Annette Kesterson (San Francisco, California, USA)

August 29, 2015 - I do not know why I am so lucky to have a wonderful and generous correspondent like Annette Kesterson. I always deeply appreciate the work she sends. I am thrilled to share this engaging summery piece she sent. Here is the reverse side:

Kesterson - 8.28.2015 - 2

I adore Annette’s work, and there are always curious wrinkles that keep it from being run-of-the-mill Mail Art NouveauX. For instance, note the overlaid copyright information at the bottom of the first scan. I find that curious. Also note the use of cut up in the text, and the references to gender identity that result. I believe Annette Kesterson puts serious thought into her work, executes it with considerable skill and has an artistic vision of significance. I just have not been able to work it out to my satisfaction yet in a way I can explain. So I look forward more than ever to receiving mail from her.

I did find this very interesting interview with Annette that reveals more about her and her projects:


Visitors to MinXus-LynXus will note that a new iteration of the blog has been launched at a new address: MinXus-LynXus III. Annette Kesterson's work (above) is the first entry on MinXus-LynXus III. All future documentation will appear there. (Entries are re-posted at the IUOMA often in an edited version.)

MinXus-LynXus II ( a compendium of both M-L 1&2) remains online in an archival status, and all 1000+ entries can still be accessed. A link to the earlier blog can be found on MinXus-LynXus III.

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 29, 2015 at 6:56pm

BTW, the stunning red mink that opens the blog is Kerri Pullo's prize-winning rendering of a stuffed mink for the Can YOU Draw The Mink? talent search contest.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 29, 2015 at 5:24pm

Thx BG, I reached a point where space was running out for ML2 and I asked people on FB what they thought I should do. We have enough of a following and enough interest that I just couldn't see ending it (M-L).

M-L has achieved what it has achieved (modest but solid) because of all the people who have been willing to take the time to produced specially themed work. You (BG) are among the important and faithful contributors. Thanks for all you have done. Thx to all the others who send such great work as well.

Specific feedback I did receive was that all the old postings from ML2 MUST survive in archival form. So I am making sure the old blog is preserved.

Some folks know there was an ML1 that was destroyed. I won't go into the whole story, but I was able to recover some of the material from ML1 (if you were on it) and it can be found on ML2. But sections of ML1 are gone forever, unfortunately. You won't find it. (The rumor that Grigori Antonin hacked it and destroyed it is untrue. "The Enemy Within" was a lot closer to home.

Thx again.

Comment by Borderline Grafix on August 29, 2015 at 4:43pm

I really enjoyed Natural Born MinXus and I think Mink Ranch will be even better - the format is very clean.  Just the ranch land and a few fence posts, with a lot of critters running around.  You are a tireless wrangler.



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