"People have long communicated via the written word, whether through chiseling pictograms on cave walls or sending e-mail via a PDA. Works of fine art and literature are filled with reference to letter writing and correspondence, reminding us that there is a longstanding tradition of using the written word as a means to inspire, communicate and exchange ideas. For mail artists, the exhilaration is increased exponentially: imagine a world in which your mailbox always holds the promise of artwork, as opposed to the hassle of junk mail. Through the mail art Network, the mailbox is a museum leading to unknown worlds, inspiring ideas and constant surprise..."
"The phenomenon known as mail art has been constantly evolving through the twentieth century. There is no established manifesto or convention that needs to be followed; indeed, one of the appealing aspects for mail artists in the mail art community is the acceptance of all mediums and the encouragement of self-expression. Anyone can be a mail artist regardless of skill level or style of artwork. There are a few simple, respectful rules that responsible Networkers should follow in order to established good ties with other mail artist around the world. Although you might never meet your correspondent, by sending a letter or using the postal system you can learn about varied cultures, different traditions and individual philosophies".
— text by Jennie Hinchcliff "Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art"
Mail artists biographies
NY Correspondance School