Simon has sent me A4 card instalments for quite some time now. These are punctuated by responses (white envelopes with letters inside) to the occasional replies I send. I mean to respond more often but unlike Simon I need days to reply.
Interpretation of mail art is a curious thing because unless the dialogue goes back and forth and gets refined, the recipient 'owns' the interpretation. Strange to think that my meaning might be nothing like Simon's meaning and my response may be irrelevant to the initial response. So when I say Simon is making his own take on the TRASH QUILT, I may be barking up the wrong tree entirely. Still.
Simon has a way of inspiring new work from me and no. 106 (top) was the catalyst for a fusepo response (fused plastic trash quilt) that seemed to arrive from somewhere else.
In the end I did not send Simon the original as not ready to part with it, but the version I sent him is differently inspiring (to me).
Later that day, I visited facebook to upload some work by other mail artists to the IUOMA site and was delighted to see that Simon had inspired another artist /mail artist / poet, Theresa Williams. I read on her facebook page that:
The poem "torch" has just been nominated for BEST OF THE NET.http://districtlit.com/post/
Read it, it is wonderful!
While I was making my piece in response to Simon, I wondered about why certain people help us to find what we want to say.