MinXus Mail Bag: Shine on you crazy diamonds from Amy Irwen (Rosemount, Minnesota, USA)

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Mail-art by Amy Irwen (Rosemont, Minnesota, USA)

We have been aware of Amy Irwen’s mail-art for several years now, and we have completed a number of successful exchanges. Lately, we have been particularly impressed with the evolution of her collages. So we were thrilled to receive this recent correspondence from her that, by chance or design, responds to themes on the MinXus-Lynxus blog.

We think we see Amy’s work growing in complexity, sophistication and density in terms of multiple interpretation and interesting juxtaposition.  The collage above is decidedly geometric, or put another way, it plays with the idea of geometry and formal construction.  In terms of MinXus symbology, we have the use of the playing card (which frequently appears in MinXus compositions) and holes, referencing Holism. Very nice! We are tickled pink!. Amy includes an interesting message on the reverse side:

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Thanks for the thanks, Amy. Here at MinXus-Lynxus, we always call “a spade a spade.” That is, when we see something we like in particular, we say so and try to explain why, working on the assumption that it is one among many more or less equally valid opinions and that attention to one thing in no way negates many other things. Amy Irwen’s wonderful mail-art inspires us to share two MinXus relics that hopefully provide context:


Mink Ranch playing card collage by Dark wall (2012)

Amy notes a “complicated soul” in her kind note. Neither confirming nor denying the assertion, we share a chapter from “The TOXIS Adventure” that addressed the same issue:


“Dark wall why are you so complicated?” from The TOXIS Adventure (2012)

Deepest thanks to Amy Irwen for a wonderful and inspiring collage!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cheryl
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 18:17:01

    so, did you find an answer to the complexity?


  2. minkrancher
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 01:02:35

    Dark wall is just a mirror for the complexity that is look at him. But seriously

    Cheryl, I hate to be a burden here. Do I mail you 27 chapter copies? Or is there a list of people to whom I send? I received a package from Tim Gaze (which I haven’t opened). Is that related to this?

    Now do you remember why the Glimmer Twins went their separate ways? One was incapable of following instructions.

    I am feverishly printing out copies. I guess I should do something with them.


  3. cheryl
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 05:39:02

    Post them all here – I collate the books and post out the complete ones – so, thats less stress I hope? Nope, nothing to do with Tim Gaze X


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