postage stamp collage art
With my past experience in figure drawing and thirty years in fiber art, I explore the human figure and gestures, costumes, and other objects in collage with recycled postage stamps and maps. I create collaged “characters” in fanciful stamp-clothing, and figures and objects made from used world stamps and maps, and mixed media. My imaginary people display their travels through life, their ancestry, desires and regrets on their garments or as part of their very skin. They are portraits of everyone and no one in particular.
The hand collages incorporate world stamps, reminding us that we have something fundamental in common: that we’re all in this world together. Occasionally, the stamps and maps form a familiar object, and the carefully places stamps and their images can provide unlikely combinations that make so much sense (whether silly or serious).
Inspiration comes from the stamps themselves, from life, news events, or things imagined. I love making my art from recycled materials, and I delight in juxtaposing the imagery and meanings of the recycled stamps and maps, often finding humor. Beauty and irony reign.
Along with postage stamps (domestic and foreign), I often use maps or interesting papers, acrylic paint, prismacolor pencil, chalk pastel, oil stick and oil pastel, and occasionally metallic ink. Each work is one of a kind, and cannot be duplicated. Most are on 16 x 12 paper, which has been prepared with gesso. Matted and framed, they are h-20" x w-16". Larger paper sizes are 15" x 22" or 30" x 22".
Sonoran Arts Network Review
Sonoran Art Network Sept 2013 Newsletter:
Interview with collage artist Barbara Brandel, written by CJ Shane, copyright 2013 Sonoran Arts Network. Click here
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