The International Mural by Mail is a project that gives artists the opportunity to network and communicate visually with other artists on a global scale.
This project brings together artists from opposite ends of the world in a creative visual collaboration. We are working with artists from Zambia to Indonesia to Venezuela, sending large-scale drawings back and forth between us through the mail, which will eventually become 8ft x 16ft murals. Working together in this way allows us to have conversations that are visual as well as verbal, allowing us to make deep, complex connections with collaborators in very different places.
We are initiating a series of large-scale murals, created jointly by two artists of diverse cultural background and artistic persuasion, in a collaborative exchange conducted entirely by mail.
Full scale mock-up drawings are mailed between collaborating artists. Each begins sketching images on a blank cartoon sheet to be mailed to their partner, who in turn responds by adding elements of their own. This exchange continues until an artist determines a composition complete, and thereupon creates a painting based on the drawing that has been exchanged. On one end, a mural is completed by the participating international artist, and on the other end, another is completed by a local Portland artist.