Outbound Mail Art: Consumer Consciousness

Last year, I began a series of mail art using the sticky labels and price tags from consumer goods. After each purchase, I carefully remove all manner of sticky backed things from my goods, placing them on plain 4 x 6 inch index cards.

Here are a few of my very first Consumer Consciousness postcards:

Other Consumer Consciousness pieces appeared here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/outbound-mail-art/

Although it may seem as though the bits are stuck here and there, willy nilly, I assure you that is not the case. Any collage composition requires thought. It asks one to consider color, shape and relationship among other things. In my case, the message of each piece is always high priority and is reflected in its title. Decorative tape leftovers add interest and cohesiveness, at times helping to secure bits that don’t want to stick. Because the stickers are accumulated over time, it can take several months to complete one postcard.

Below are a few of my most recent Consumer Consciousness pieces, ready for the post.

The series is intended to bring about an awareness of one’s purchases, the consumption of which creates copious amounts of trash. It asks the observer to carefully consider their own Consumer Consciousness.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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4 thoughts on “Outbound Mail Art: Consumer Consciousness

  1. Love em…..it is amazing how much trash is out there that will love longer than many generations…but we can also look at what trash we have made a a fuel source and resource for all kinds of things……since we broke the eggs already, lets see if we can make some creative omelets. xox

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