Mail Art Postcard No. 4568…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: aitchbone, akee, ailanto, agrostology, albugo, alerce, and wuzzle. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Instead of the normal lesson the professor will be giving instruction on how to repair a punctured bicycle inner-tube; you are expected to bring your own French chalk.

WP F 4568‘Bloody hell Dave, that’s horrible!’
‘Oh, do you think so?’
‘Yes, of course, it is most unpleasant – why don’t you show people nice things instead of such…’
‘But it’s art!…’
‘Ah, right… yes… of course it is… It’s, er, very good.’
‘Very good?’
‘Yes, it’s really quite insightful and stimulating… A fine piece of work… I see where you are coming from Dave…’

No, but really, this is just another of my mail art postcards, a simple collage with items snipped from the pages of that awful British TV guide What’s On TV.
So, why is this such an upsetting image?
Of course it’s that mouth, or rather it’s where the mouth is. Let’s see, what do we have here? Well, ignoring the lady on the right for the moment, we have a cute dog, and a superimposed mouth featuring a lot of teeth. The mouth is actually taken from someone smiling with joy, so why is this combination so disturbing? A cute dog and a joyous smile, the juxtaposition of the two should produce a pleasant combination, but no, it certainly doesn’t. I think you should try to work this out for yourself, but I reckon it definitely has something to do with the dog’s eyes – cover them up with your finger and all becomes cheerful again.
Returning to the lady on the right, she sets it all off by showing her teeth as she smiles – teeth to the right, teeth to the left – eyes to the right, eyes to the left – this piece of work is asking you to flip between the two and to compare, but there is probably a lot more to this this than we have covered in this short piece…
By the way, it is ‘new’, it says so, in yellow on a red and white ellipse…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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2 Responses to Mail Art Postcard No. 4568…

  1. The Professor is asking an awful lot, don’t you think, with the homework AND french chalk? And that woman seems to have some gum stuck in her teeth….. đŸ˜€

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