Anja Mattila-Tolvanen from Pälkäne in Finland is a prolific mail artist, poet, and photographer and her art can be found in many collections and archives around the world. She has sent us 2 hand-made art books.
The smaller book is about the relationships between women and men and their role in our society. Anja explains the second book: “The larger book contains a broad historical message. It emphasizes the importance of literacy, syllabus and education. The book also contains a message from Pälkäne and Pälkäne’s history.” The book also celebrates literacy in Pälkäne, where, in 1719, a bookmaker Daniel Medelplan was commissioned by the Church to create the ABC book. The book was printed in 1000 copies and used for years, but not a single copy survived. Medelplan’s book helped greatly literacy in Pälkäne.
Piroska Horváth is an artist from Austria who was taking part in previous Droitwich Mail Art exhibitions. This year, she sent us prints of a digital book with photos of her previous exhibits on our exhibitions, together with photos of the exhibitions and certificates.
Jas W Felter is an American-born published poet, art critic, author, film-maker, curator, collector and visual artist who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. He was interested in arts since childhood, at first as a photographer. He sent his first mail art in 1957. Later in his artistic career, he organised numerous exhibitions of mail art and artistamps.
Jas sent us a digital print “MU Revealed” by Tony Earll, which is a book that describes an ancient civilisation Mu. The subject is still tickling peoples imagination and many enthusiasts trying to prove the existence of this super-civilisation.
Istanbul-born artist Burak Boyraz whose specialist interests are paintings and traditional paintings and restoration, exhibited his artworks in numerous exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. He also took part in various research and education projects and courses. He has sent us an original painting titled “Dementia – Mini III (Snow)”, inspired by Orhan Pamuk’s novel “Snow”.
The artist with pseudonym EVER ARTS from The Netherlands has sent us two copies of the postcard. It is a photo of a bird and it is inspired by the French novelist Romain Gary’s book ” The Birds Come to Die in Peru”. There is also a political message ‘Oil and birds don’t mix’ that raises a question of the oil pollution.
Pietro Romano Matarrese is an artist and musician from Bari in the Italian province of Puglia. He obtained the qualification to teach as a professor of sculpture (1982) and painting (1985) and has taught at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. Internationally renowned painter, he is also a sculptor, established musician and video maker. He has also published two monographic essays about Trulli, traditional houses build uniquely in Puglia.
For his mail art, Pietro Romano often uses used shopping receipts on thermal paper. For this project, he sent us an artwork titled “Forest”.
Andre Pace is an artist, poet and writer from Glendale, AZ, USA. He is working mostly abstract and contemporary paintings in oils and pastels and graphite pencil drawings on paper. He has published a book entitled, Contemporary and Modern Forums.
More of Andre’s art can be found on his page.