MinXus Mail Bag: “Letters to Mila III” by Marie Wintzer (Saitama, Japan)

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Letters to Mila III (cover) by Marie Wintzer (Saitama, Japan)

Her friends were deeply saddened when, at the beginning of the year, Marie Wintzer – aka Empress Marie Antonette – announced her retirement from mail-art after a three year run which, by anyone’s measure, would be considered exceptional. Marie expressed her intention to more seriously pursue making artists books.

We recently received Letters to Mila III from her, which showcases her talents. Mail-art from Marie Wintzer has surfaced in various places recently, and she is serving as judge for the MinXus-Lynxus Who Has The Best Hair Contest. Does she miss the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd? Like Elvis, will she come back again? Only time will tell. In the meantime, we are thrilled to share Letters to Mila:

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Letters to Mila is a small, delicate book that is meticulously made. These scans simply do not capture its beauty.

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Marie Wintzer has been experimenting with cut-ups and text fragments for some time. Japanese is a new twist.

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Letters to Mila is bound in what we believe is called the accordion style, so one can view page combinations in different ways.

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This page with a splash of red is particularly nice.

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She is a true disciple of the South African School of Subtle Aesthetic Obscurity even if she has developed her own distinctive style.

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Letters to Mila uses language as material and certainly has an asemic quality. Above is the last page and the inside back cover.

Other material was also included with Letters to Mila:

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And the reverse:

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An interesting photo:

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A poem on the reverse side:

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And always wonderful envelopes from Marie:

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The other side:

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An extraordinary talent indeed, blending the old with the new – many thanks to Marie!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. minxuslinxus
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 09:10:54

    “These scans simply cannot capture its beauty” – you know, it’s exactly the opposite. They make it look better than it actually is! I have been trying to give a certain harmony to my photos when I take pictures of books (or any mail art for that matter) but it’s just not there. Could scanning possibly be the answer? 😮 I like them a lot, the way you present them. That mascara stuff was down right awful but I have to say it looks pretty good on your pages :-)) Take it as a teaser for next book.
    A fantastic blog, really, I’m delighted. Thank you!


  2. minkrancher
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 17:04:35

    Empress, we are pleased as punch to be able to share some of your new work with the Tenderfoots & as per our contractual agreement not to present you as cussin and spittin but as an accomplished artist in your own right.

    You used a finely textured paper & it was a matter of how to capture or not to capture the effect of the paper. Dw, chose to white it out, so there are subtle gradations the Tenderfoots aint seeing, which works in favour of a clear presentation of content with subtle elements lost.

    We could nit pick over those choices until the minks come home to roost, but iffen you’re happy, that’s the main thing.

    You and the G-Man is neck and neck in a race to obscurity over there at the EUOMA, just like olden days but none them folks took to ask the most obvious question as to why you is known as Anton-ette. And that is a message for all of us to remember when you see just how fast folks forget.


  3. minxuslinxus
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 22:52:57

    I think there might be several reasons the folks didn’t ask.
    a- they think that’s my real name
    b- they think you made a typo
    c- they couldn’t care less
    It’s like the clerk at the Wakoshi post office. He thinks I’m an empress. True story!
    In any case, again, great blog!


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