German artist from Dusseldorf Edita Varinská has sent us an illustration for a poem ‘Marienbader Elegy’ by Wolfgang Goethe. The poem is a very personal recollection of Goethe experience of falling in love with a young lady, who he proposed by proxy, only to have his proposal declined. Goethe never returned to Marienbad. Nine years later, at the age of 82, he died.
Giovanni Strada from Ravenna in Italy is a mail art veteran – he’s involved in the movement for 40 years and very active by the date. Together with his wife Renata they formed an artistic duo StraDADA involved in mail art networking, performance art in public places and writing of art essays and critics that have been published in many art publications. The list of places where Giovanni and Renata were exhibited their art is endless.
They send us four collage prints, in their usual style of papercuts and musical sheets.
Amadeu Escórcio is an artist from Lisbon in Portugal. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and he took the 1st year of the Superior Film Course of the National Conservatory of Lisbon. In 1992 he collaborated with the weekly ‘Notícias do Tâmega’ with illustrations and cartoons. Apart from mail art, Amadeu works in other media such as paintings, drawings, graphics, objects, illustrations, comics…
Amadeu sent us a drawing, his self-portrait browsing a bookshelf, searching for his favourite book. It is so difficult to choose only one with all these brilliant books and authors on offer.
Dórian Ribas Marinho is an artist, printmaker, and human rights activist from Brazil, who took part in 3 previous Droitwich Mail Art exhibitions. He sent us 4 of his characteristic drawings. Dórian is a visual artist and writer whose art was shown in various exhibitions worldwide. From 1978 begins to make mail art as one of the movement’s pioneers in Brazil and to create experimental poetry. He is also President human rights commission Order of Brazilian Lawyers.
Lars Schumacher from Burgdorf in Germany is renown mail artist whose artwork is mostly in the field of visual communications, photography, film and correspondence art. His art is in a number of private and public collections, and he participated in many exhibitions and film festivals around the world. He has been involved in local television work in Lower Saxony since 1996 and has been a member of the executive board of h1 – Fernsehen from Hanover since 2003. More about his work can be found on the website (in German, but Google translator works really well).
Lars has sent us 3 photocollages.
Uwe Klein is an artist from Dittelbrunn in Germany, who sent us a postcard that commemorates Johann Heinrich Voss, a German poet who translated Homer’s ‘Iliad’ in 1793. Uwe’s card is a collage of a page from a book, stamp dedicated to Voss and marker drawing.
Katerine Nikoltsou is a prolific mail artist and IUOMA member from Thessaloniki in Greece. She has sent us two postcards, both inspired by classical literature. One is Homer’s ‘Iliad’, an epic poem which tells a story set during the Trojan War. The second postcard is inspired by Aesop’s Fables. Both cards are mixed media (acrylic, ink and collage).
Joey Patrickt is an American artist who is involved in mail art networking since the late 1970s. He sent us a digital collage print inspired by Thomas Pynchon’s novel “Gravity’s Rainbow”, published in 1973. This science fiction/historical novel that tells the story about building V-2 rocket by Germans during WWII, with the focus on a group of people who are trying to find a mysterious “Schwarzgerät” (“black device”). The book has a complex structure and is packed with historical facts, conspiracy theories, paranoia, psychology, sexuality… Joey’s collage brings to us this apocalyptic world, with a hint of humour.
Daniele Virgilio is an architect, writer, poet and mail artist from La Spezia in Italy. He sent us a postcard, a photograph of a minimalistic urban landscape in juxtaposition with the dark, disturbing sky. The artwork is inspired by the book “A Geography of Human Life” by Japanise educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. The book was published in 1903. and in it Makiguchi advocates a new approach to the geography studies, with a better understanding of relations between geographic features and human activities.
Simon Warren from Tring in the UK is a well-known name in the mail art community. His written essays and letters, sometimes illustrated with wild, energetic abstract drawings in black pen, are part of many mail art collections and archives. Simon sent us a book with handwritten text that is heavily redacted – every single word is crossed with a thick black marker or pen. Censorship?