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Artist sends message in exhibit
Mailboxes become artwork, represent
UNL student’s life
By Josh Nichols
Often we take our mailboxes for
We check them every day, and often
times, they contain bills and other state
ments we don’t want to see.
But every once in a while, the little
box holds something that can brighten
Whether it be money from the par
ents, a birthday card from grandma or
just a letter from a friend who you
haven’t spoken to since high school,
mailboxes can present some unexpected
Kelly Diamond, a senior printmaking
student at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln, hasn’t taken this form of com
munication for granted.
Her exhibit “Love Mail,” on display
in Gallery 9,124 S. Ninth St., symbol
izes her love for the relationships she has
been able to hold with family members
and pen pals by means of the U.S. Postal
Her display contains an array of mail
boxes she has decorated and personal
ized to represent the different people who
are important in her life.
Some are colorful, some have words
printed on them, and some just look nor
But each contains pieces of writing,
pictures and other precious items she has
received from loved ones and that she
associates with those people.
“The exhibit is based on a reflection
of who I am,” Diamond said. “The mail
boxes symbolize the people in my life
and the basic qualities they bring out in
Most of the mailboxes represent peo
ple who she described as her pen pals
from her hometown of Washington,
In a time when many students have
resorted to e-mail and the World Wide
Web to maintain contact with their roots,
Diamond has stuck to the traditional
It’s the personal feel in mail that
“I’m trying to preserve the art of let
ter writing because of a fear of e-mail,”
When one first approaches the exhib
it, he or she encounters a desk that con
tains many of Diamond’s personal items
that she would have at the desk where she
It has some of her favorite books on it
and pictures hanging above it of people
who are important to her.
One of the pictures is of her grandpa,.
who died two years ago.
She said a majority of her inspiration for this
show was drawn from the teelmgs she held tor
One bright red mailbox sits in the center o&
It reads “Wild Bill Sass” on the side and rep
they take pride in acres and
acres of gardens, the couple also
sends h<Srseeds for her garden, which
als&can be found in this mailbox.
An&thepmaiibax.qn display contains holi
day cards ahtfa girl scout uniform.
resents her grandfather.
Birds and butterflies
have also been incorporated
into her exhibit, which she
said also represent her
grandfather and grand
Encircling the Wild Bill
mailbox in the center of the
room are three walls of
mailboxes representing the
other significant people in
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her aunt who sends her
cards every holiday and
encouraged her to be a girl
scout and do “girl things”
when she was a child.
One of the more com
mon-looking mailboxes on
display represents her par
ents, who Diamond said
“would not have an out-of
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One mailbox represents
an older couple who travels the world and sends
Diamond items from everywhere they go.
Cards from museums and galleries can be
found in this mailbox along with postcards and
mail from other countries.
clipping about Tom
Osborne’s political aspirations can be found in
her parent’s box.
She did this because her father is an avid
Other mailboxes displayed in the exhibit
represent Diamond’s friends, and one box
Also, six of her paintings are on display. They
represent a pool her grandfather had and filled
with fish after the death of her grandmother.
Diamond said she has had the idea for this
exhibit for about three years.
She said her original idea was to make a show
of mailboxes with mail that she had made.
Each mailbox contains articles that can be
rummaged through and looked at, and Diamond
encourages visitors to do so.
Her artist statement, which is displayed on
the wall, reads, “Please touch the art. This instal
lation was designed for your interaction. So go
ahead ... read my mail and enjoy. Affectionally
This is the first full exhibit that Diamond has
had on display in Gallery 9.
She is a relatively new member who has only
been there since August.
Carol Devall, another Gallery 9 member,
described Diamond as a “fabulous new mem
ft I’m trying to
preserve the art of
featured artist at Gallery 9
“It is a unique exhibit like I haven’t seen here
before,” she said.
She said the interactive aspect of it is what
makes it unique.
“You can spend a lot of time with this exhib
it,” she said. “We strive to come up with some
thing that you don’t see everywhere else.”
Having her work on display makes Diamond
feel as if the time put in was well invested.
“I’m glad to see this idea happen after so
many years of thinking about it,” she said. “The
time invested makes it worth it.”
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