Artist stamps her own mark on iconic im­ages

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MOST of us throw away used postage stamps with­out a sec­ond thought – but not lo­cal artist Mar­lies Oak­ley.

Thou­sands of stamps have been re­cy­cled through the art of col­lage to form por­traits of celebri­ties and pop­u­lar cul­ture icons in the lat­est Childers Arts Space ex­hi­bi­tion Noth­ing New?

The ex­hi­bi­tion opened to the pub­lic on Novem­ber 24 and will be on show un­til Fe­bru­ary 14.

The dis­play fea­tures 22 art­works, each con­tain­ing thou­sands of stamps that have been in­di­vid­u­ally cut to shape by hand.

The re­sult is stylised im­ages of fa­mous faces from pop cul­ture, history and mu­sic.

From David Bowie and Nick Cave to Frida Kahlo and Nel­son Man­dela, each im­age is im­me­di­ately recog­nis­able.

Ms Oak­ley said the dis­play rep­re­sented 18 months of hard work.

“Noth­ing New? is a cul­mi­na­tion of a num­ber of pas­sions of mine, in­clud­ing col­lage work, rep­e­ti­tion and iconic fig­ures,” Ms Oak­ley said.

“The repet­i­tive na­ture of the art­works’ con­struc­tion draws in­spi­ra­tion from much of Andy Warhol’s work and the pro­duc­tion like process used in The Fac­tory, al­though in this case all the work is self-pro­duced.

“The ma­te­rial for the col­lage work is used postage stamps, re­cy­cling the old into the new.

“The end re­sult is what I de­scribe as im­pres­sion­ist col­lage,” she said.

Ms Oak­ley ex­plained the sig­nif­i­cance of the ex­hi­bi­tion’s ti­tle.

“At face value, th­ese art­works are com­prised of im­ages and ma­te­ri­als that are not new.

“How­ever, be­cause they are con­structed in a new and in­no­va­tive way, the ex­hi­bi­tion asks the ques­tion, is there really noth­ing new?”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON SHOW: Mar­lies Oak­ley with her pic­ture of Bob Mar­ley.

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