This week in Art 110 we were tasked in mailing an “Art care package” to either a
– fellow classmate
– wrongfully imprisoned inmate
Initially, I wanted to mail a care package to an inmate that has been wrongfully imprisoned; however, I was initially going to mail the person colored pencils, stencils, art tools, etc and I questioned if those items would make it through the screening process and even make it to the inmate. So that option was trashed, I do thing that it is a nice thing to do so I’ll save it for another time.
Next, I planned to send it to a stranger. So that is exactly what did. My plan is to use a address randomizer to find an address particularly in Southern California and mail it to them.
For the art care package I chose the theme “Happy Birthday” which is, in my opinion, a sweet thing to do. Included are:
– A Birthday card explaining to them why they got it, and also reminding them they are important and loved.
– A Birthday banner for when the day comes.
– Glow sticks and bead necklaces so they stay lit af.
– A coloring book, to keep an art aspect.
– A drawing book to encourage them to draw or write what ever is on their mind
– A picture of what I would look like if I was a jedi
– Various pictures of my cat
Besides the coloring book, drawing pad, and pictures. The package might not look like its an art package. What I was going for was an artistic package together as a whole. Sort of like painting a picture that looks like a birthday.
- How is sending someone an ACP similar to sending someone a Snapchat?
– I don’t really see any similarities between this and snapchat. In my opinion social media apps like snapchat changed the whole game. The only similarities I saw were the amount of thought that was put into it.
- How is sending someone an ACP different from sending them a Snapchat?
-The whole thing was different, for this you actually had to go out and buy some things compared to putting emojis on it.
- What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets from Woodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?
– That really depends on a case by case basis. Nothing is inherently trash but then again nothing is inherently precious. Its all up to the recipient. The person that receives my package may think that its a joke or they might think its a sweet thing from a stranger.
- Is there a difference between art that is seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the ACP you send to someone?
-Art is Art, reminds me of the quote “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”, of course it does. So It doesn’t matter how many people see the art. Its still art.
- You can take a Snapchat and a friend on the other side of the globe can view it, all within seconds. To make an ACP and send it even to a nearby friend will take days. Does this time and effort difference mean something? How is fast better? How is slow better?
– I would much prefer an ACP rather than a snapchat. Snapchats are a dime a dozen. If a friend takes time in sending you a care package, then their a keeper.
- People sometimes say things like prepare a meal with love. Can you prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru? Does an ACP have the possibility of containing a sort of “love” different from a Snapchat?
– Of course, as I previously mentioned snapchats are easy to make and send. An ACP can contain love because it actually too time to prepare and was a lot more effort than a snapchat.
Would you rather have someone slide into your DMs or your mailbox.