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NO JUNK MAIL – MCAP FINALIST 2008

Beyond excited to have my work No Junk Mail exhibited in The Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize (MCAP) this year. The series of 30 cards is the result of documenting the seemingly mundane contents of my mail box every day for 30 days.

Every afternoon I faithfully photographed both the shapes of the mail within my letterbox as I found them, along with the textures of each stack. I then used a design program to create outlines from the abstract shapes and place the mail textures within each shape, before printing out a colour photocopy using a very specific kind of toner. This was all in order to transfer the digital collages onto beautiful textured card by hand.

The transfer process involved some fairly noxious acetone and a lot of elbow grease as each copy was drenched with the chemical and burnished within an inch of its life! The final images have a delicacy and incompleteness about them belying their labour intensive process. The cards seem a world away from their lowly junk mail origins as loud, brash, irritating commercialised qualities dissolve into an elevated ethereal aesthetic.

On display until 28 September at ATVP, Newtown.