Majestic Mandala, mixed media on canvas, 10”x10”, 2012
I’ve often put a few old postage stamps in my mixed media pieces. Recently I acquired a big bag of old stamps, many of them British and Canadian. Most of those feature the profile or portrait of Queen Elizabeth. After sixty years, she’s been on a lot of stamps. Her Majesty has probably been on more stamps than anyone else. With these new works, I have used stamps in the same ways I used pieces of old maps. But with stamps, there are crisp borders and perforated edges. The final result has a feel that harkens back to quilting and other textile arts. It brings me back to the mapquilts I was creating ten years ago. More examples can be seen at tofuart.com.