Body art & collage created by me in 2013.
This artwork is a combination of collage and body art, a form of an assemblage with post stamps & old letters. Some of letters were love letters sent to me, others I bought from a second-hand bookshop. Those were written in the time around 1950 and 1960.
I find a lot of beauty and nostalgic feelings in old postcards, old letters, and stamps. Especially in times, when most people use on daily bases mainly digital typing and not handwriting.
The collage as a visual art technique gives a chance to combine real objects in the art without imitating them through painting on a 2-dimensional surface as a 3-dimensional illusion. In this case, the 3-dimensional real body became 2-dimensional through the post stamps glued to her skin.
The term collage was presented by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century. “Techniques of collage were first used at the time of the invention of paper in China, around 200 BC. The use of collage, however, wasn't used by many people until the 10th century in Japan, when calligraphers began to apply glued paper, using texts on surfaces, when writing their poems. The technique of collage appeared in medieval Europe during the 13th century.“
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