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Stampede

There is something quite extraordinary about an old stamp. It’s both a tiny picture and a hidden story.  Whose image is on it, and why? Where did it come from? Where did it go? Why is it still around? On what kind of letter did it travel?  Was it on something carrying words of love, reporting events of the day, bad news?   And why do some appear untouched and others have heavy marks tattooed onto their surfaces?

This series was generated by the purchase of a crammed but small container of used stamps at an Amsterdam flea market last year.  It sat in a drawer for several months until it begged for some attention.  While the stamps are not the focal point of this work, they do interact with the narrative in inexplicable ways, adding little elements of mystery, sometimes suggesting travel, or perhaps the lost threads of a conversation.

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