Carly Swenson • Intuitive Artist

via air mail

Finished postcards ready to mail.
Finished postcards ready to mail.

My lovely friend Abbie recently sent me a message; she and a few other art friends are having an art postcard exchange.  I always love to hear from Abbie. I miss art-related conversation and the work-in-progress insight of my former classmates.

The idea of an art exchange sounded wonderful. A delightful chance to reconnect with a some art friends from college.  With ten of us participating, we each make ten postcards, which we need to mail by the end of the month.  The chosen theme for this project was Inside/Outside.  I started mine earlier than I needed to, but I was excited–so my postcards were mailed out last Tuesday.  They are now on their happy ways throughout the world–Minnesota, Colorado, Montana, and South Korea.

I chose mixed media collage for my postcards.  To incorporate the Inside/Outside theme, I wanted to play with the concept of in and out of natural scenery.  I also combined the sense of land, sky, and water with the illusion of walls in rooms to make them feel slightly surreal or dreamlike.

Inside/Outside IV, art postcard, 2011
Inside/Outside IV, art postcard, 2011
Inside/Outside VII, art postcard, 2011
Inside/Outside VII, art postcard, 2011
Inside/Outside VIII, art postcard, 2011
Inside/Outside VIII, art postcard, 2011
Inside/Outside I, art postcard, 2011
Inside/Outside I, art postcard, 2011

14 Replies to “via air mail”

  1. So, are your collages collaborations of your own drawings and those of others? Where do the images you use come from? I’ve made basic magazine image collages, but they are nothing like your wonderful art.

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    1. My collages have some of my own art drawings, sketches and photography, as well as found imagery. I really recommend Dover clip art books of copyright free images–you can find them online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. They have many different categories to choose from and it helps to avoid any copyright complication issues that you may run into using images from magazines (although I do that at times as well.)

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  2. I really like your last postcard, the woman holding water is pretty neat! … all in all I half expected you to do something where its inside/outside the body or soul…. maybe more literal in a sense? but pleasantly surprised either way!

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