Michael Leigh aka A.1. Waste Paper Co is a British artist who is involved in mail art networking since the 1980s. His archive is an excellent collection of postcards, envelopes, artzines, rubber stamps, artistamps, and collages from around the world. Michael is also a keen collector of various bits and bobs!
Michael Leigh contributed to most of Droitwich Mail Art exhibition and this year we have his altered postcard of beautiful British countryside ‘Cakeland’, as well as a print of collage in a Sgt. Pepper’s album cover style and his favourite book – ‘Mad Jary Menarrie’ by Gismo R. Serge!
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Jaromir Svozilik is a Czechoslovakian-born artist who lives and works in Oslo, Norway. He works in paintings, graphics and sculpture and is a very prolific mail artist. His minimalistic pencil drawings are now part of various mail art collections and archives. Jaromir sent us his ‘Eternity Book’.
Jan Theuninck is a Belgian artist and poet. His abstract paintings are mostly inspired by social and cultural issues, politics, war and peace. He sent us his ekphrastic* poem ‘Yperite’.
Late at night
fills the valley
like a dark power
on the fields
our dead bodies
and under the grass
a brown soil
* An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. [from Poetry Foundation].
Lutz Beeke, an artist from Germany, has sent us a postcard inspired by Italian late Renaissance painter Caravaggio [Caravaggio: Kunst und Wirklichkeit / Art and Reality].
Bruno Chiarlone is a well-known name in the world of mail art, with his first steps into network art made in 1980. He is continuously active in the international mail art scene with organising and contributing to a large number of exhibitions, events, projects, actions, and publications. He is working also in visual poetry, historical writing and mail art theory. Blog
Ingeborg Henrichs is an artist from Padernborn, Germany, whose mail art is part of numerous recent projects. She was also a contributor to the last year’s Droitwich Mail Art exhibition. Ingeborg posted two photographs, titled ‘Inside a Book’ and ‘A Book like a Mirror’.
The Wasted Angel from Assebroek in Belgium has sent us a postcard ‘Killer Queen’.
Teri Anderson from the UK was working recently on a series of minimalistic mail art pieces, as well as mixed media artworks (stitching on the card or textiles). Teri sent a postcard inspired by Sherlock Holmes books and his quote: ‘Art in the blood is liable to take strangest forms’ (from Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’, Adventure IX: The Greek Interpreter). Check Teri’s website for more about her art.
Daniel de Cullá from Burgos in Spain is a mail artist, poet, writer and photographer. He was involved in a number of poetry and theatre events in Spain, Germany and Switzerland. He has more than 70 published books. Daniel is a member of various writer’s associations, such as the Spanish Writers Association, Poets of the World, The Blake Society, The Creative Thinkers… He sent us the mail art inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s ‘Les Fleurs du mal’ (‘The Flowers of Evil’)
Horst Tress is a mail artist from Köln, Germany, whose work is often a social comment presented with humour and sharp criticism. He is a life-long opponent of any sort of censorship and repression in the art. Horst sent us ‘The book of installers’. The note ‘Kunst ist Nervensache‘ (‘Art is a matter of nerves’) is summarising his constant wish to provoke fresh thoughts.