stranger mail

Last year when I was teaching mail making in an after school program, one of the kids in the class wanted to send mail to strangers. I loved her idea and its creative potential.

We didn’t do it but collage artist Ben Peberdy did. Unfortunately his mail art project drew the attention of the FBI, who showed up at his Vermont home with a few questions! Here is Peberdy’s project description from his website, Deluxe Unlimited:

Since August 5th, 2013, I have been making an original piece of postcard-sized collage artwork each day and mailing it out to random individuals. I find the addresses listed on Google Maps. I intend on producing 365 pieces, completing the project on August 5th, 2014.

I started doing this for two reasons. The first was to provide an opportunity to continuously make collages, without repeating myself. The second reason was that I was excited to get my artwork out to a very different, far more diverse audience. The people who come to see my stuff at galleries tend to be part of a fairly insular New England art community, and this was a chance to get these various ideas and images out into some fresh minds.

I anticipated far more responses than I have thus far received, although those that did write back to me were generally pleased with their postcard. However ”Another Disaster” resulted in my being investigated by the FBI. I briefly considered stopping the project, only to become even more determined to see it through.

What do you think of Peberdy’s project?

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