This virtual letter to Kattie's Kraft Shoppe on Ubikwittus Void Lane in Perf, Outer Artsikraphtsi, bears a cybergenetically enhanced handstamp saying 'Philatelic Mail; Handle With Care.' The outer edges of this envelope are a bit rough from handling, but the cyber cancellation is clear.
This virtual cover is a display of digital illusionism.
The letter is posted with return address at the Pirate's Lair. This is a small island to the north, Found only by mariners lost in the Paraphilatelic Sea.
This stamp and cover are both digitally realized images. As such they could be considered cyberstamp or virtual stamp art. This is slightly different than conventional mail art, where actual covers are sent through the mail.
Op Art and Pop Art are aspects of modern art from the sixties, which influenced stamp designers, especially with the popularized concept of Serial Art. Warhol's Soup Can series influenced many stamp designers, especially in the Artistamp groups that were forming in the seventies and eighties.
Nevertheless serial art has an ancient place in art history. Examples are too numerous to mention. A good one is Naza textile art.
The stamp on the virtual cover is an imperforate variety. The map is an example of my own digital art imagery. Binky O'Tool is a fantasy name for the creator of this stamp and cover, essentially one of my pseudonyms. Binky O'Tool I posit as the head of what I fancifully call Feral Impressions, a stamp production service for my own paraphilatelic fantasies of the moment.
The Feral Republic is found on an isle in the Paraphilatelic Ocean. It has no capital city, as all that can be found that resembles a town or village is a lone structure that serves as a Provisional Post Office. This facility is used only in times of national emergency, such as when mail is received from abroad, a rare event in the Feral Republic in these days of text messages, etc.. insofar as a single human inhabitant inhabits this isle, much as in the manner of those Scottish rocks with thin topsoil, seeking postal recognition.
The Feral Republic does not seek such postal validity from any official or nonofficial entity, as the spirit of the Feral people is that of Wild Beasts. One might note the various lands that lie across the sea from the Feral Republic, such as Artsikraphtsi, and the Kyootsi Wootsi Peninsula.
To the west is a nefarious unnamed isle called the Pirate's Lair. To the northwest is Poste Mahdern, a curious island with two port cities named Op and Pop, etc. The village of Phluks is on an island to the northeast. Directly to the east is Lower Kavellinia, a large landmass, whose capital is Pollywollydoodle. The Bay of Lower Kavellinia has two towns: Bobtail and Nag. The Casinos in these towns bring much revenue to the land.
'Reflections' by Eric Whollem. This icon is a link to my Picasa gallery.
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"Moera" by Whollem; a Goddess sculpture painted with natural earth pigments gathered in nature. This image links to a complete gallery of my ceramic sculptures.'
MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS
'Garden of the Turtle' by Eric Whollem. This image is a link to my posts on figurative abstraction.
CONCOW MAIDU LORE: Faux postage stamps from Maidem Kodom
Spirit of the Deer Man: 'Nem Sumi' or 'Big Deer' by Eric Whollem. An earth painting showing a shamanic mythographic image. This icon is a link to my gallery of Concow Maidu cyberstamps.
EARTH PAINTINGS: art made from paint made from pigments gathered in nature
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GEOMETRIC ABSTRACTIONS: nonrepresentational visions from the twentieth century
'Box Blocks' by Eric Whollem, 1981. Gouache and found earth pigments on paper. Image links to my gallery of abstract art.
MYTHOGRAPHIC SCULPTURE: A post on Myth as it is used by sculptors and artists
'Bean Sidhe' a Goddess figurine by Eric Whollem. This image is a link to the article above.
CONCOW MAIDU FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS: cyberstamp editions from Maidem Kodom
'Ooti, the Acorn' by Eric Whollem; Concow Maidu Language and Culture. This image is a link to my Maidu artist stamp gallery.
THE KING OF THE WOOD: an earth painting celebrating the legendary King of Nemi
This painting from 1974 was painted in natural earth pigments, charcoal, and ash paint on panel. The subject of the painting is the guardian of the Golden Bough. This image is a link to my post on this painting.
'The Divine Expression' by Eric Whollem. This image is a link to my posts on Expressionism.
VILA/ A figurative ceramic sculpture rooted in images of Bird Woman from ancient Eastern Europe
'Vila' by Eric Whollem, a ceramic interpretation of mermaid lore from the Adriatic Sea. This icon links to my post.