magdalena hill

mixed media Ship it II I 2009 I Seattle
Mail art

When Ouch my Eye gallery announced their mail art exhibition I started jumping the gun with ideas. It has already been 8 years since 9/11 when the notion of security was forever redefined and has since been misunderstood in so many ways. Just crossing the American border I experienced a lot of suspicion and humiliation from the security organs. Why do you come so often to America? You can't be in America more than 6 months out of the year - the immigration officer announced quietly and with a suspicious gaze. While walking to the post office with my naked mail art under my arm the feelings of rejection and further examination and interrogation were ringing inside me like a fire alarm. At the destination the post officer started laughing upon receiving my cargo. I couldn't believe it. In her eyes it was a joke.