In Matthew Jensen, musings, process, rachel perry welty on December 31, 2011 at 18:03
It’s been one year since I started the Literary Diaspora. It’s been a grand old time and I’ve been so excited about all of the stuff that I have received in the mail. I am very thankful to all of the artists and authors who have engaged in my little art game. Their work has been truly amazing and the results are beyond what I had dared to hope for. I was so lucky to have spent time again at the Macdowell Colony this past spring and I got great art cards back from the artists there. Amazing. Macdowell is also where I met my two conceptual art mentors, Rachel Perry Welty (from my first time there) and Matt Jensen. Their encouragement and sage advice has been really important to me. I was also very glad to have had the West Hollywood Book Fair do a little poster board of the diaspora at the festival this year.
I thought that I would reassess what my plan is with the project now that I’ve hit (minus one day) the one year mark. The diaspora is my first art project. But I was stymied by lack of money for many months and so felt that I couldn’t really do it with the 100% commitment that I had wanted. That bummed me out. I had trouble printing up cards or doing mailings. Art is expensive! I thought perhaps that I should extend the project by 6 months to make up for my 6 months of struggle. But recently, when in NYC, I spoke with Matt Jensen and he said, “Why not just keep doing it indefinitely? You are an author. You are always going to have arty friend. Just do it as something that you do. Some of my projects take 5 years minimum. Just keep it going.”
And with that simple conversation it was settled. I will continue to do the diaspora for the very long foreseeable future. And I am very excited about it.
So, authors! Artists! Check your mail boxes! And also, if you haven’t sent your card back yet you can send your card back to me any time for now it is perpetual and ongoing!! And when things are scattered they sometimes take a long time to get back home.
Happy New Year.
In process, rachel perry welty on August 19, 2011 at 19:35
One thing that has been hard for me to figure out was how to recreate Rachel Perry Welty’s wonderful piece for the words Dark and Stormy. It’s basically a mirror. I asked her if I could recreate it, because, well, I couldn’t scan it! The whole point is that it has to reflect! She said, YES. And so I finally found some stuff that would sort of work. Now, I am not an artiste of the visual kind. I am a lady who likes words. I’m just not crafty. I couldn’t really do it in kindergarten and I still kind of struggle with it.
They are a little lumpy. My first attempt I think I used too much glue. My fourth attempt, I think is the best. Only 6 more to go! I think that as lumpy as they are, they get the point across. So I call Success!
the original welty piece:
In musings, process, rachel perry welty on March 6, 2011 at 09:23
Last night I set about and ordered my first batch of cards for the diaspora to send out to the writers. I decided to go with MOO as they have the possibility of doing small batches of cards with different images. I’ve used them for my business cards, which I never remember to have on me, but they are mini and cute. I love the way they look.
The trick is to make sure that when I’m shop drop the cards into the authors books that it is clear enough to the person that discovers the card nestled in between the pages knows that the card it is an art project. I’m going to self address and stamp the envelopes to go to me, so hopefully that will be the clue that its something that they should mail. And MOO let’s you print a footer, so I printed this.
- You have stumbled upon an art
project! Please participate! Be
inspired by the art on the
postcard and write a micro
story, poem or tiny philosophy
and then mail back.
Follow along at
Once again, in a diaspora you have to scatter and let things go. I may never get any of the shop dropped postcards back. C’est la Vie!
So, I’ve printed the first 10 images. I scanned them and cropped and I hope that they turn out OK. Also, the post card is quite small, so I’m interested to see what kind of words come back. As a lady who writes pretty lean, I’m not too worried that few words won’t pack a literary punch.
The one postcard that I’m struggling with is Rachel Perry Welty’s. I guess I’m going to have to recreate what she did with the reflective surface. Because the seeing yourself is the best part of that card. Rachel really threw me an artistic curve ball. I love it! If you’ve seen her latest piece, there’s a picture of her in all reflective material with everything wrapped in it. So it’s very her while also being Dark and Stormy. Yay! Art!
Next up, I have to recruit some people all over to help me with the shop dropping.
In kathrin hilten, musings, process, rachel perry welty on February 3, 2011 at 15:55
I had to go to the post office today. Some of the artists in batch two are from Canada. I want the mailing back of the postcards to be easy, so I actually bought postage stamps from Canada post to put on their postcards. So that meant I had to wait til the postage got here before I could send them off. Today, the Canadian stamps arrived. I don’t go every day to the post office, although I do go there a lot as is my habit, but now it is so exciting when I go to the PO Box. I always wonder, “Will there be something inside?” The past few days it has been sad and empty. But today, when I opened it up, joy!
I got two postcards back. One from Kathrin Hilten and one from Rachel Perry Welty, who really helped me when I started. She let me walk through my idea with her so that I could be clear about it. And she has given me my first artistic challenge! The brilliant postcard she sent is a mirror. So basically you see yourself when you look at the card. So now I have to figure out how to recreate that for the 10 postcards I will make. You can offer me suggestions!
In Uncategorized on February 3, 2011 at 15:44
artist – Rachel Perry Welty
words given – dark and stormy*
(to illustrate this image, I give you another image, to show that the postcard is actually a mirror)
In anna hollingsworth, artists, deric carner, kathrin hilten, ken garduno, mike hollingsworth on January 22, 2011 at 16:11
TN – Chair, Table Window
NP – forgiveness
JR – Street Scene
Kathrin Hilten – Woman and Ocean
MF– the best tree ever
KV – My last sigh
Deric Carner– the nuts and bolts
Mike Hollingsworth– Reborn
Ken Garduno – Little Bird
TM – Up in the Sky
Lise Bernier – Judgment
Dan Santat– Pandora’s Box
Mo Willems – Music
BC – terrible garden
Anna Hollingsworth – Parents
Rachel Perry Welty – Dark and Stormy
MA – destiny
Diane Michaeli– body part
JP – Night Diner
JF– mythological creature
(when and if postcards come back, I will put the full name of artist and a link to them so you may enjoy what they do)