Artist stamps her own mark on iconic images
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?”
ON SHOW: Marlies Oakley with her picture of Bob Marley.