Sebastian Matthews says this on the genesis of his collaboration with Charles Farrell: “Back in the late 80s, when we first met in Portsmouth, New Hampshire—a small, coastal, artsy tourist town—a group of us took up all manner of creative play. We met at cafes, put on loft parties, took road trips, explored the streets of the town. And it wasn’t long before we were ‘stealing experience,’ a term Charles and I made up to describe this trespassing play. Our goal was to wake each other up, make art, and laugh a lot in the process. We were also interested in inhabiting private realms in public places and finding ways to cross boundaries normally restricted in everyday life. So I guess these collages became another way for us to engage in subversive play.”
Charles Farrell writes of his creative process: "Our daily world is often a moving collage of people, images, and events. The fragments of the day and the remnants of my night time dreams inspire my creative vision. In the collage work I have found a true medium to express my greater perception of the world I view. One of the aspects I have enjoyed in my collaboration with Sebastian appears in the aftermath of the creative process. A completed postcard is promptly mailed and forgotten. The US postal service then becomes an unwitting collaborator in the process, as the work moves through the chaos of various sorting machines to be scanned, cancelled and, hopefully, delivered intact."