MinXus Mail Bag: Asemics and much more from Kerri Pullo (Tucson, Arizona, USA)

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Mail-art by Kerri Pullo (Tucson, Arizona, USA)

Kerri Pullo – aka Miss Kerri A Rose Con Pollo – is as fine a correspondent as you will ever find. She has been a faithful MinXus-Lynxus contributor since the uncertain early days of our founding and was a star participant in Solar Festival 2012. She recently sent us this wonderful mail-art package that is a perfect blend of nostalgia and new directions. The postcard-size piece above is a muted portrait (what can the significance of this be?) of none other than our dear correspondent. Here is the reverse side:

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Kerri Pullo is a very versatile artist, and here we see a suggestion of Trashpo. She also included a stamp she made of her award-winning submission to the MinXus-Lynxus Can YOU Draw the Mink? Famous Artist Talent Scout Contest (which preceded the Who Has The Best Hair Contest). Her iconic mink is worth a close-up:

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Through her mail-art involvement, Kerri Pullo has emerged as a highly praised asemic writer (subject to some controversy as the result of her encounter with Australian poet Pete Spence. (( Oh well, welcome to the Poetry Wars, Kerri)). To our delight, she included some new asemic work in this package to grace the MinXus USA archives:

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Stunning! Kerri Pullo’s work is influenced by Islamic/Arabic art. It’s interesting how many veteran visual poets these days, Karl Kempton for example, are expressing admiration for Arabic calligraphy. And of course Brion Gysin’s asemics, which many consider the beginning of the modern era, are derived from Arabic (and Japanese) characters.

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Here is another piece included in this wonderful package. Kerri Pullo also seems to be influenced by abstract art, and this piece reveals the connection between her painting and asemics. Here is the reverse side:

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After some thought, we conclude this (above) is Kerri Pullo’s asemic signature; she uses it often.

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Here is a strip of canvas bearing her trademark asemic calligraphy.

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The reverse side shows another iteration of her signature.

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And to make this a perfect mail-art package, Kerri Pullo enclosed some cryptic, found material. Here is the envelope:

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And the reverse:

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Kerri Pullo’s mail-art is always thoughtful and fun. We deeply appreciate receiving new work from her. We also appreciate the reminders of some truly great times we’ve had through the mail and online. Kerri seems to be taking a bit of a hiatus from mail-art, as so many of us do from time to time. We sincerely hope we can stay in touch. And deepest thanks for this phenomenal envelope of wonderful material.

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