Mail Art Postcard No. 4514…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the sound of a dusty midnight thud echoing through a haunted house.

Hm, yes, this is yet another of my mail art postcards, a very simple collage on bright card using clippings from that tawdry British weekly TV listings magazine What’s On TV.
It’s an odd one this, isn’t it?
It’s not my usual laugh-out-loud funny, or even shockingly surreal, but the hand of serendipity, in the selection from the pile of collected clippings, has created a poignant little work here – even the intrusive word ‘new’ in its red ellipse works well alongside the lass with the new eyes. Those eyes, being so large and out of proportion, should be quite upsetting, but for me they are not, they seem to be ‘made for her’ and go quite naturally with the rather sad and puzzled expression on her face.
Yes, well, that’s probably all there is to say about it – but, I could quickly mention that I do like the way the image isn’t snipped out with scissors, but is carefully torn around the girl, almost as if she is looking into a mirror and we are hiding and watching in the next room, just like Norman B in Hitchcock’s Psycho, peeking through a roughly made hole in the motel wall… (NB) Drama indeed!…

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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17 Responses to Mail Art Postcard No. 4514…

  1. Dana Doran says:

    Very spooky Mr. Whatt… much for the little girl?

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Oh, I knew it would be that clip even before I opened it! Tee-hee!…
      Blues Brothers- such a good film – Blues Brothers 2000, such a bad one… it even had a ‘cute’ child in it! Grrr…

  2. Dana Doran says:

    There’s something really satisfying about that…..Animal House…he did say, “…sorry.” This scene totally explained why the genre of “folk music” faded from popularity…except for Alice’s Restaurant, which will live on forever!

  3. I like this – made me think of Alice through the looking glass, or even the weird movie Coraline 🙂

    • Dave Whatt says:

      I have never seen ‘Coraline’, but I will look out for it turning up on the TV – I expect it will be on weekend mornings for the kids.
      Speaking of weirdness – ever seen ‘Spirited Away’? Whoa!…

  4. twallisstone says:

    Excellent! The eyes are perfect! Good expression – matches the word new. It is like she is responding to something “new”.

  5. This lady kind of scares me. Great image.

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