Pain Management: POP Art
The correspondence exercise’s one mother’s manner: traditional practice punctuated by thank you cards, seldom honored unless drafted by a lawyer. This demand refuses shame, consistently declaring the value of its contents, a guess at the value of the artist’s life. Leaves, creamy yellow stationary, waft through the channels of the United States Postal Service’s tributaries to reach the advocates for others similarly stockpiled in the barrels of pharmacopeia warehouses: the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation, the Federal Medicare and Medicaid Service, and numerous legal and health care professionals with an eye for turning phrases to their patients’ and clients’ purposes.
Put the world back in balance by facilitating, at the same time, the POP presentation's consistency in declaring the value of its contents, a guess at the value of my own life to date, $354 million, a smidge over the $99,999.99 cap for a registered mailing, and its actual security in the record by dissemination through paying the remaining USPS shipping fees for that capped value.
The upcoming post office performance, ("POP"), Pain Management, calls upon a Southern California Medi-Cal Clinic to provide promised acupuncture and traction upon the authority of physical therapists but delayed in its delivery by several months. The most ambitious of Rachel MacCratic's POP art works to date, Pain Management parades to the Cleveland Post Office in Hillcrest, San Diego a path pranced nearly twenty times in her first year of residency at Robplex. POPs' quests have been to effectively exact continuity of health care, perturb the practice of clearinghouse diagnostics, and, having won those artifacts from ossified behemoths, now pursues perseverance in the insistence on the actual value of every patient without regard for their station by classist phylogeny or stratification. The players, ("POPrs"), past have always giggled publicly, enjoy arranging stamps, speculate as to the portents of insuring a message that could mean life or death, have friendly spectators, and include the United States Postal Service's workers. POPrs always dress-up funny, smile at passersby, avoid metered mail whenever possible, talk to people in line, create games, and make the United States Postal Service workers laugh. Its type is a template for others to take and tailor to fit the similarly situated by addressing itself to the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation, the California Health & Human Service Agencies, health care and legal professionals in Southern California, and the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
An integration of Rachel MacCratic's design, licensure in the legal medium in the State of California, and spatial explorations is informed by traditionally professional and feminine work roles: Pain Management queers those roles, totes by pedance correspondence to the public forum, attracts a spectator for the record, and sends pleas in the playful parlay with a fellow public servant. This course registers the letter to its direct recipient, one recalcitrant clinic. Conceptual agit prop takes to the local post office to challenge by subliminal demand letter, a mailing declared at some sum, the value of a human life handled with the care required, but seldom taken, by our Social Security and Affordable Care Acts.
Rachel MacCratic earned her BFA at UC Riverside, painted at Douglas Keith's studio, and then designed media for student and professional organizations. Showing first at the Sweeney Art Gallery, she continued to display paintings using women's clothing in downtown Riverside's erstwhile community art spaces. She designed her costumes and makeup while performing roles in street theatrics and The Circus of [Im]migration, with C.I.R.C.A's Border Patrol in San Diego, at UC Berkeley, Station 40 in San Francisco, and the Bike Church in Santa Cruz, California.
The recent works craft rituals and beauty spectacles to add complexity to the dominant beauty standard and balance a safe space with diverse participants' interests through an approximately annual, queer fashion show through 2014.
She received commissions and donated work auctioned for charity beginning in 2005. She is a resident artist holding daily studio hours at Robplex and an attorney licensed in the State of California.
The Law Office of Rachel MacCratic provides the production infrastructure in the means for printing, for example. It also provides access to POPrs with the expertise to perform in the public space in conjunction with the collection of community members working with the individual artist. The Ehlers-Danlos Foundation and the United States Postal Service are passive institutional partners, at this time, in that they are recipients or beneficiaries of the work. However, they are also integral to its production in that they each provide private and civil infrastructure for recordation and dissemination in the public forum. San Diego IndyMedia is the artist's choice for local media coverage.
Artist Honorarium $3,600.00
Blind Courtesy Copy to One Additional Name and Addressee According to Demand $25.00
Administrative Fee $6,210.00
Shipping/Dissemination/Presentation Fees $64,511.00
Courtesy Copies to Ten Additional Names and Addressees According to Demand $1,000.00
Incorporation of Three Named Supporters in Letter Body According to Demand $1,500.00