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Inspired by a Stranger: Exploring Mail Art

ByDenise Colletti

This chapter examines characteristics of mail art, its influence on my personal art practice as well as my professional identity as an art therapist, and its potential interface with art therapy. The chapter begins with a description of mail art practices and products, followed by a discussion of my personal history with mail art. The characteristics of mail art are then examined, including its relationship to time, anticommodity nature, compelling features, anonymity, and fostering of intimacy with strangers. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the potential interface between mail art and art therapy.