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.
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. 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. Two murals are created.
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.
Protocol: In a visual conversation between citizens of different countries, a theme of mutual interest is explored. The theme is open and broad, and artists have all the control. Possibilities include the role of beauty and art in our lives, family life, history, dreams of the citizen, environmental issues, political ideologies, workers’ rights, etc. Current headlines can always be a ready point of departure. Mural cartoons (full scale mock-up drawings) are mailed between collaborating artists. Each will begin sketching images on a blank cartoon sheet to be mailed to their partner, who in turn will respond by adding elements of their own. This exchange will continue until an artist determines a composition complete, and thereupon creates a painting based on the cartoon that has been exchanged. By design our proposition is intended to be adapted and interpreted by participating artists.