Emerging Art Gallery of Windsor artist Maria Mediratta wants you to send her a mail.
But it’s not your usual mail.
Mediratta asks for mail art – something she describes as “anything you can put a stamp on that can be processed through the mail and ends up having some sort of similar proof that it has traveled through space. physical”.
She wants it to specifically reflect the person’s relationship with technology.
Since Mediratta launched the call in March, she has received a few dozen submissions from community members, including paintings, drawings, digital graphics and postcard-sized photographs.
She said people from four to seventy years old participated and someone from Germany even sent one.
“Over the past couple of years I’ve been really inspired by community art projects that aren’t necessarily location-dependent but have something to do with connecting everyone no matter where they are. find,” Mediratta said.
“What really drew me to mail art was the amount of connectivity you can have with someone without being in the same physical space.”
She said that was especially important to her during the pandemic, when everything had to be virtual. This is also what led her to take an interest in technology.
As an artist, Mediratta said she struggles to find a balance between being in a “physical space and doing physical art and being part of the online art world“.
Much of the art reflects the role technology plays in our daily lives, with a postcard asking, “Are we ever alone?” and another with the statement, “It’s time to sit down.”
In a postcard sent by Mediratta’s mother, she wrote: “Technology has stripped us of the intimacy of handwriting received, personally addressed envelopes in the mail, the anticipation and recognition of the script of a loved one cannot be compared to a digital tag or the ping of a text message…the very act of making a tactile connection still holds a more precious place in my world.”
The exhibition, located on the second floor of the gallery, will continue until the end of May. People can still submit their mail art, addressed to the Art Gallery, until then to participate in the installation.