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In the spring of 2009, photographer Stacey Ward Kelly took a series of digital photographs of New York City and sent a selection of these images to artists asking them to use her work to create a piece of mail art. Twenty-three artists participated by choosing one or more of her images and created a variety of mail art pieces that manipulated, collaged, poured resin onto or otherwise enhanced or altered Ward Kelly's work. Some of the original photographs are featured in the book along with each mail art piece that was created for the project.
PHOTOS ENCLOSED is a collaborative mail art project that began in 2004 in Oakland, CA. The photography and collaborative mail art featured in this book documents the second mail art project in this series.
Stacey Ward Kelly is a socially engaged artist & photographer who has exhibited her work in San Francisco, Boston and New York. She also teaches visual art and is the founder and director of the Contemporary Art Salon, a group that supports and promotes the arts and art education. Ms. Ward Kelly has created several fine art photography books of her work and was the editor of "Beacon Soul", a collection of art and words by local artists. In addition to creating "Audrey Chibbaro Lived Here" she was the coauthor and photographer for "Good Food from the Farm", by Stacey and Carrie Ward Kelly, a collection of writings, recipes and images from their local CSA farm. Stacey's was one of 74 international artists who donated their work and are featured in the blurb publication, "Freedom and Art", a book in support of the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the recognized leader of Burma, whose proceeds go to Amnesty International. http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/367