MinXus Mail Bag: Correspondence from Brooke Cooks (Seattle, Washington, USA)

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Mail-art by Brooke Cooks (Seattle, Washington, USA)

A brisk autumnal “Howdy” and a secret Mink Ranch handshake is extended to Ms. Brooke Cooks of Seattle in honor of here first appearance here, and hopefully not the last, upon our humble blog. Seattle has long been and today remains a network hub, and we are always pleased to encounter a new friend from those parts.

As an introduction, Brooke Cooks sent us some finely packaged found material. We are not surprised she is a member of Diane Keys’ All Things Trashpo group at the IUOMA. She also sent us a piece of wonderful correspondence to which we shall soon respond. Brooke Cooks seems a relative newcomer to mail-art. We urge her, and any Tenderfoots in her situation more or less, to shed uncertainties and trepidations about rules. The medium has no rules except nurturing self expression, mutual support, acceptance and friendship. This seems hopelessly idealistic, but it has worked surprisingly well for a very long time.

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We do appreciate notes and letters. Mail-art is, after all, also known as correspondence art; and we are big fans of the New York Correspondance School. Brooke Cook has a very nice mixture of visual and textual here.

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With internet documentation now part of the process for so many mail artists, it is sometime hard to determine what to post and what not to post. To one with a Fluxus orientation, every exchange can be viewed as a performance. For others, the act of communication can be more personal. In this particular case, we think Brooke Cooks’ first excellent mailing to us reveals a process and an evolution important to share. We hope that we never become so inured to the correspondence process (as mechanistic) that we become less able to recognize the joy and discovery in all its parts. We hope never to become so self-absorbed in our own path to growth that we fail to perceive the joy in the growth of others and how we might encourage it.

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Many thanks to Brooke Cooks for this wonderful gift!


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  1. Trackback: MinXus Mail Bag: Aesthetics & Anti-Art by Brooke Cooks (Seattle, Washington, USA) | MinXus-Lynxus

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