return to sender
The most problematic game ist the one you play with the clichés. If you send postcards to yourself, you cannot be entirely in your right mind. Carrying around a picture of yourself means you must be a narcissistic. If you surround yourself with "glittery stuff", you may be presumed to be frivolous. Sissi Farassat, during a three month scholarship sojourn in New York 2003, jots down messages on a card each day, adds a small portrait, either of herself alone or with a second person, sometimes complementing it with cut-out shapes, such as a dress or a crown, sometimes adding to the postal stamp another one of her own devising - and mails the results off to her own addresses in Vienna or New York. She reports on everyday occurrences ("it´s such a rainy day") or her longing for home ("another 43 days yet"). These are stereotypical messages of the sort holidaymakers and travellers tend to send to the stay-at-homes.
Clichés are a net for SF into which she wraps whatever strikes her fancy. This wrapper is made up of rough stereotypes that leave a sufficient number gaps through which one may perceive what is hidden behind.