Mail art postcard. No. 4725…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s octopus is the one with five feather dusters quickly sprucing up his living room ready for his guests arriving.

Another of my mail art postcards, a simple collage on bright card using clippings from that trashy British TV listings magazine What’s On TV.

Now, you see, I did hear once that when you are talking about birds, animals, and things like that, the use of the plural when describing a bunch of them is more subtle than you might think. I think this stems from the time when well-off people thought that it would be a great idea to take a trip out to exotic parts of the world and kill a few unsuspecting animals just for the fun of it. Some of the animals I suppose you could dismember and cook and eat, but some weren’t quite so tasty, so really you only had the fun of shooting them.
Oh, hang on, some rich people are still doing this aren’t they? I’ve seen Facebook photos of rich fat American men with their expensive guns standing with one foot on a large animal’s head that they’ve just shot and killed. Coo, just look at them pose and smirk!

Now, sorry about that, where was I? Oh, yes, animals and plurals.
Yes, you see animals that you go and kill for pleasure don’t have a plural, and the animals that you don’t really bother with do:
‘I say Charles, I’m off hunting lion, or perhaps elephant this afternoon…’
‘Excellent! Can I come and watch?’
‘Hey Barry, look at those great big black and white cows munching that grass!’
‘Yes, they love it, look at them smacking their lips!…’

But back to my postcard.
Ah yes, this is proper surrealism! I suppose this one harks back to the lovely Rene Magritte and his This is Not a Pipe.
No more to say really… Except perhaps, that when I made the card I should have maybe snipped the ‘s’ off the end of ‘elephants’ – as some stupid rich buggers are still queueing up to go and shoot them…

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. 4725…

  1. ktz2 says:

    Amusing as always and I do enjoy the recurring ‘today’s octopus’ thing

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