For this weeks art experience, we had to draw a random piece of paper from a hat with an address on it so we could send a care package to someone in our class. At first, I was a little surprised that we would have to write our address down and give it to a random person when it’s something so personal. But the overall meaning of this experience eased my worries. In my care package I included a concert ticket from a show that I attended last semester at CSULB, a band-aid because you never know when you will need one, a penguin because who doesn’t like cute penguins, and a funny Donald Duck pin that I found floating around in my desk drawer. Also, I included a card with my initial on it because I love the intricate detail on the front. Lastly, I included a rewards card to frostbites with one purchase left to get $2 off the next purchase. I found making this care package fun even though I don’t know who is going to receive it.
Sending someone an ACP is both similar and different to sending a snapchat. It is similar in the way that you get to choose what you send, where to send it, and who to send it to. But the two differ in the way that a snapchat sends instantly and you get an instant reply. With a mail, it may took up to a couple of days to send out and even longer to receive a response. Therefore, sending a letter takes more effort and could contain more love and meaning than sending a simple snap.
I think ephemera is an interesting topic because everyone finds different meanings in different things. A random movie ticket could mean nothing to one person and to another person it could be a ticket to their favorite movie or even a first date with someone special. So, I believe there are meanings in everything but it might not be the same from one person to the next.
In my opinion, art seen by more people has a greater effect than art seen by one person. I see it as when people come together, they are stronger than if one person were to stand alone. That being said, art doesn’t have to be seen by many people because it might be something that only you see as special and find meaning in, similar to ephemera.