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Guido Vermeulen's mail art envelopes are like worlds into themselves and at the same time they are part of the much larger whole.

(a comment by NANCY BELL SCOTT, USA, on the IUOMA network)

Guido's paintings are like finding images in the clouds
(a comment by Kathleen D. Johnson, USA, on IUOMA)

Guido does not paint monsters but spirits and ghosts, full of love, tenderness and compassion
(LIZA LEYLA during a conversation, Belgium)

His ability to express emotions through painting is a beautiful gift. Allowing oneself to feel sadness is the most direct route through grief. His paintings feel peaceful and kind.

(STEPHEN WALKER, USA)


My life is shifting... Your work is intangible, ethereal, cosmically rewarding. i eat it up & savor it like a great sandwich! It made my day!
(Lisa PEREZ, USA, on IUOMA)

Thank you for the TALISMAN painting on the envelope. It is real cool and creepy at the same time. I haven’t seen a piece of abstract capture such as pain and emotion so well since I visited the museum of art in Toledo. Bravo!
(Sarah Jo Pender, USA, from the Indiana Women’s Prison)

I suppose you could characterize Guido's painting style as expressionist. I know he is very interested in dreams as a source for art and poetry, and these particular chapter pages seem like shadowy dream corridors filled with shifting images and scenes. The Michaux quotes work as a counterpoint, Guido's art is taking over when the limits of language have been reached.
(De Villo Sloan, USA, on my tribute pages to Henri Michaux, see LAMUSAR blog)

Guido’s art expressions are always poems and they show us the reality of our real faces and souls (Mariana Serban, Romania)

His titles have both inspired and educated me (Alicia Starr, USA)

vrijdag 25 maart 2011

THE BIRD PHOENIX






Mail art for Constança Lucas in Brazil who proposes a prject on books! Accompanied by present letter:

Brussels, 24 March 2011


Dear Constança,


Art inspired by books, what a great idea. I've chosen to contribute some art based on the book "De vogel Phoenix" or "The bird Phoenix" by M. VASALIS, a poetry edition by a Dutch poet, first published in 1947.
She was a very popular poet in The Netherlands and lived between 1909 and 1998.
She only published 3 books during her life: Parks and deserts in 1940, The bird Phoenix in 1947 and Vistas and Faces in 1954. After her death was published The old coastline (2002).
She silenced herself because she combined a personal tragedy (the death of a child) with a general loss (the holocaust during world war two).
The discussion "is it still possible to write poetry after Auschwitz?" (cfr the famous poem discussion between Adorno and Paul Celan) she answered by a refusal to publish what she occasionally had written.
Vasalis is a classic poet; not a modernist but some of her poems and sentences are so magnificent she was and still is a major poet, known by most who speak Dutch and who are interested in literature. On my personal blog (http://guidovermeulen.blogspot.com) you'll find the cover of the 48th edition and reprint of The bird Phoenix (in 2009).

I am sending you some older work that was ghost phoenix inspired: a large postcard edition and a colored version.
On the envelope is a new work, not in the requested postcard size, but hey you can reduce the size to a postcard with a scanner or cut even the painting to that size around the central bird image if you like that. Feel free to do as you please.

Included is also an invitation to participate at my new project: "the book of Ann", which you can follow on the blog http://thebookofann.blogspot.com


Postal greetings,


Guido

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