Riitta iKonen‘s ‘Post’ project has been ongoing since 2003 and is finally being exhibited this month in New York. It began as a holiday project at the University of Brighton called, ‘Location Vocation Vacation’ – a mail art project that involved sending one postcard every week – that expressed something of her weekly experience – to her 2nd year Illustration tutor, Margaret Huber.
Over the nine years since the project began Ikonen has sent over 200 A6 sized cards from all over the World – made out of found and bought materials including hair, fish, a sachet of white powder, a broken record, bark, a rock, a pipe and so on – to her old tutor. Only six cards never arrived.
To be honest looking at the cards it more a testament to the postal system than anything else – I’m amazed that alot of these objects got through. I’d love to have a closer look at them but unfortunately I can’t however if you’re in New York any time up until the 7th October you can check out her work at The Christopher Henry Gallery, 127 Elizabeth Street.
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