Authentic impressions of Empress Marie’s toes (detail of a larger work)
MinXus USA is thrilled to share scans of recently acquired work by Empress Marie Antonette. Only one other toe-print piece is known to exist; it is held in the collection of Grigori Antonin (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) along with one of her teeth she sent him. The new acquisitions also include stunning visual poetry by the Empress:
Her recent interest in lexicons is revealed in the work above as well as in several more literary pieces that appear in this posting. We think this is a particularly stunning work:
Outstanding use of color, composition, and found material. While not scanned well, this haptic choptstick assemblage (below) is a stellar and unique work:
Entitled “The 33rd Death of MinXus – a vision of the empress,” the work makes numerous references to Dark wall’s visual poetry, especially “Stations of the Cross.” The chopsticks, of course, form a cross as well as the letter X. The Empress is specifically referencing “The CruciFluxion of Dark wall” and the demise of MinXus prior to its rebirth celebrated in “The Treaty of Alsace.” We find clear references to the Monkey Purge and the cryptic circles.
The chopsticks are secured with bandaids, which were used frequently by Dark wall in his vispo circe the era of “Stations of the Cross.” The bandaids were a reference to “Bandaged Orchestra” and its metaphorical possibilities.
It will take further study to determine if all the birth-death-rebirth cycles of MinXus are encoded in the piece. We expect it is possible, which would make “The 33rd Death of MinXus” not only a major MinXus visual poem but an epic record of its history.
We have obtained several pages of Empress Marie’s lexicon. These are being circulated elsewhere, but we are pleased to have what essentially constitutes originals:
Acquisitions include Japanese cowboy ephemera from the Empress:
The decorated envelopes qualify as mail-art as well as useful for purposes of documentation:
Wonderful MinXus stamps!
It is our great honour and joy indeed to enter these stunning works into the MinXus USA permanent collection.