Mail Art Project 2020
My Mail Art Project was conceived in May 2020 as a way to cope with the loss of community and basic connections in light of the COVID pandemic. Throughout this past year, I had the good fortune to continue business as usual, commuting to work, while the city turned into a ghost town all around me. It was painful not to see familiar faces week after week. Channeling a spirit of generosity, while also thinking of the mail art project of the late artist Ray Johnson, I felt inspired to share a part of myself with the people who help remind me of who I am: friends, supporters, peers, acquaintances. I made one of a kind works and sent them through the USPS.
The repeated action of making and mailing the works over the last eight months helped me feel connected in uncertain times, while greatly expanding my personal language within the medium of collage, and the fluidity and fluency that comes from a constant practice. Thinking of a certain individual as each work was developed, it also provided a helpful diversion from the more 'serious work' I was undertaking. All the while recognizing there is joy in the making, but greater joy to receive something handmade in the mail. It seemed like I couldn't get to everyone. Just 100 felt like a good round number. So I stopped the project there, wrapping up at the end of the year.