Mail art by Grace Sanford (Henderson, Nevada, USA)
A big, grinning “Howdy” and a secret Mink Ranch handshake are extended to new friend Grace Sanford on her first appearance here at MinXus-LynXus.
Grace Sanford is not only a promising Tenderfoot; she is new to the Eternal Network. We see her as a perfect fit for mail art. Much of her previous work – admittedly based upon our probably limited impression – fits into the current folk art-informed strain that many claim they see in the current network. We tend to agree and have called this style Mail Art NoveauX.
Work we have seen by Grace Sanford, including the ATC (Artist Trading Card) above, seems to be Zentangle or Zentangle-like. (We do not know much about this practice so could be in error.) Grace has developed an interest in asemic writing and vispo; she is a member of the IUOMA-Ning asemic writing group. Very perceptively, we believe she has noted the vispo elements in her earlier style and has begun to experiment, expanding upon those elements that are somewhat latent. Her style also fits in nicely with the current “doodle therapy” craze started by Rebecca Guyver (Suffolk, UK). We are absolutely thrilled Grace sent us these piece for the archives.
We note an R. Crumb quality in Grace Sanford’s work that adds a certain degree of edginess.
Grace Sanford also included a larger piece that seems to be a printed card and thus an excellent example of her work:
The envelope is spectacular and stays true to the theme of the mailing:
And the reverse:
Many thanks to Grace Sanford! We look forward to watching her work evolve in the Eternal Network.