Some of my recent mail-art:
Have you ever heard of mail art? Me neither, until recently. I just thought it might be nice to decorate the snail mail I was sending. And then at some point not so long ago, I found out there was an actual thing called “mail art.”
If you want to get serious about it, “mail art” is an artistic movement all about sending small-scale art through the post. Apparently it started in the 1960s and 70s under something called the “fluxus” movement, which was an anti-art, anti-establishment movement that aimed to challenge the very definitions of art. So, for example, it asked: “can snail-mail be art?”
Well, duh. Of course it can! I’m certainly not an artist, nor do I identify particularly with any kind of art movement. And yet here I find myself and my “pretty mail” stumbling into something that has been going on since before I was born.