Carol Stetser

Leben und Arbeit/biography

Carol Stetser was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1948. She studied theater at Smith College and Communications at Emerson College. In 1974 she moved to Arizona and founded Padma Press two years later. When Judith Hoffberg reviewed some of her books for Umbrella she came into contact with the Mail Art network. The first Mail Art show Stetser took part in was Hoffbergs Umbrella show. When she “retired” she had been active in the network for over 14 years.

In the 1980s she began making xerographic collages. From 1984 on she focussed on Visual Poetry. She began making ATCs in 1995/96 that she exchanged in the mail and in 1999 she started her Winter Solstice Mailings.

She continues to correspond with about a dozen artists she met through the network.

Projects/Projekte:

  • The Rename contest (Voge Patterns), 1985
  • Fashion compilation publications, 1986 & 1990
  • Mail Art Congress through the Mail: One Day in the Life of a Networker, 1992
  • Warp and Woof, 1998
  • Library project, 2001

Carol Stetser wurde 1948 in Syracuse, im Staate New York, geboren. Sie studierte Theaterwissenschaften am Smith College und Kommunikation am Emerson College. 1974 zog sie nach Arizona und gründete zwei Jahre später die Padma Press. Dadurch dass Judith Hoffberg ihre Bücher in Umbrella besprach, kam sie mit dem Mail Art-Netzwerk in Kontakt. Die erste Mail Art-Ausstellung, an der sie teilnahm, war Hoffbergs Umbrella show. Als sie in “Rente” ging, war sie bereits 14 Jahre aktiv im Netzwerk aufgetreten.

In den 1980er Jahren begann sie mit Collagen aus Fotokopien. Ab 1984 konzentrierte sie sich auf Visuelle Poesie. 1995/96 begann sie ATCs zu machen, die sie per Post austauschte und 1999 begann sie ihre Winter Solstice Mailings.

Sie korrespondiert noch immer mit über einem dutzend Künstlern, die sie während ihrer aktiven Zeit im Mail Art-Netzwerk kennengelernt hat.

Ausgewählte Arbeiten/selected works

Literatur (Auswahl)/literature (selection)

Essays

  • Stetser, Carol: “Questioning the Historification of Mail Art”, 1991.
  • Stetser, Carol: “Where a Mail Artist Delivers the Mail”, 1991, included in: Umbrella, the Anthology, 1999.

Links

Author: Mail Artists' Index

Mail Artists' Index Biographies, works and links concerning important Mail Artists. – Biografien, Arbeiten und Links bedeutender Mail Art Künstler. Mail Art | Mail Artists | Postkunst

One thought on “Carol Stetser”

  1. This is a message for Carol Stetser. If her father was Dana Stetser we are family. My mom was raised by BeBe. Found some pictures of her as a baby and would like to forward if she would like. Paula3384@aol.com.

    Thanks!

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