DO NOT RETURN TO SENDER
"Do Not Return To Sender" is a response to my personal encounters of a moving address and discovering a sense of home. I explore this through sending hand-painted postcards with personal stories to random addresses based on an algorithm that I made, within London, as a release of self.
These paintings are based off images I’ve taken during my family trips on sea. Below are the remnants of all 20 postcards arranged in no particular order with its respective dates that they were made.
By working within the parameters of randomness and chance, relying entirely on the mailing system, I wanted this project to challenge my hoarding tendencies by allowing the work to take its own journey, marking the release of self.
This was a project done almost straight after "Observer:Obeserved", and it felt like a very necessary step to take after a very intrinsic, inward series of documentating the self. "Do Not Return To Sender" was an attempt at liberating myself and to communicate outwardly.
This also sparked my interest in Mail Art and its history of subverting the artist, artwork and viewer dichotomy by making the receiver part of the work as well.
This project had very little to do with expecting a response, more so, the act of sending something out and letting go of something personal that you've spent some time with. I got one back anyway.