Mail Art Postcard No. 4531…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s special sounds are: gurgle, rustle, gurgle, rustle, gurgle, rustle, thud, thud, thud, and click.

WP F 4531Now then, to whom shall I post this one?…
Yes, it’s another of my Mail Art postcards, a simple collage using a couple of cuttings from that awful British TV listings magazine What’s On TV on fluorescent card – oh, what a very nice vibrant green that is…
Obviously I don’t know how you ‘read’ this one, but me, I am attracted to the image first (it is pretty eye-catching isn’t it?) and then a fraction of a second later I take in the red and yellow ‘new’ and then the caption.
Mm, that’s interesting – if you look at the stuck-on mouth snippet you see that it is actually quite a warm and friendly smile, but when you zoom out a little to take in the animal head, those eyes, and the ears, then that same smile suddenly becomes much more sinister, menacing, and almost sneering. For me, for some reason, this unpleasantness is enhanced by the close proximity of the word ‘prowl’.
Isn’t our perception of the various elements that make up a face strange and subtle?
Look out! I think he’s going to leap off the card and give us a nasty nip!… Splash, splash, snarl, gnash, splash, ouch, get off me you brute!…
Now, ‘gnash’, that’s a funny sort of word…

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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4 Responses to Mail Art Postcard No. 4531…

  1. Shammy says:

    There was a young lady of Riga,
    Who rode with a smile on a tiger (or leopard).
    They returned from the ride
    With the lady inside
    And the smile on the face of the tiger (or leopard).

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