MinXus Mail Bag: “Chicken Scratch Hole Sutras” by Rebecca Guyver (Suffolk, UK)

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Mail-art by Rebecca Guyver (Suffolk, UK)

Clearly we have been catching up on correspondence with many friends. Miss Becca is one of our dearest and most faithful. Sometimes we ponder: Do the chickens collaborate with her?

We received this stunning work from her Nayland Farm, which we believe essentially constitutes a Trashpo construct but certainly an aesthetically pleasing and also asemic Trashpo construct. A very interesting feature of this work is found on the reverse side:

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We have taken the bold liberty of editing the text into a poem (somewhat in the spirit of Mr. Allen Ginsberg):

Chicken Scratch Hole Sutras

Found holes

Self-inflicted holes

Toll & time takes its Time Holes

Aesthetic holes

Man-made holes

Animal (gnawed holes)

Industrial holes

– Rebecca Guyver

Miss Becca is now hosting a blog from her Nayland Chicken Ranch. Be there or be square!


In paw-tick-ular, Miss Becca has done beautiful photos of a book by Empress Marie:



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. suffolkrebecca
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 20:36:13

    Hey, I’d forgotten about this. It is recycled Toxis too, collected at the Frieze art fair and collaged onto. There isn’t much road trash in Suffolk, at least at the Battisford/Ringshall border, but I can usually find a few jettisoned fag packets (take a deep breath and remember that means cigarettes in your lingo) and sweet wrappers. The chickens could probably peck similar holes if I put a carton in their coop, but I don’t because if I did the authorities would probably swoop down on the farm and charge me with poor poultry practice…

    I love how you’ve blogged this. The title, the poem, the content, and so many tags. Do you think my mail art is all-purpose. I think I may be too impressionable!


  2. minkrancher
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 21:16:42

    Happy New Year, Miss Becca. You sent us a right nice piece & Dw didn’t make the pitur so you can see all the fine detail. We apologize. You fit in all them tags just fine. Don’t worry yerself about such things.

    Now don’t be grabbing butts (our word for cigarettes) with your bear paws. You don’t know where they been.

    We understand you dont want no misunderstandins with the thorities at your chicken ranch.

    Iffin your poultry doesn’t make art, that’s fine. You know the legend Mr. Grigori once trained monkeys to make his mail-art, which led to a hole lotta troubles for him & the rest of us too.

    And thats where him & the Empress started up.

    Thanks again!


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