For the last few weeks I have been using up my horde of old postage stamps to make an artist’s book. As a rule, I have avoided using any postage stamps depicting dictators and despots. A few obscure Warsaw Pact strongmen may have slipped in, but I have done my best. I had a few hundred stamps featuring Francisco Franco — those were all put aside. Most of the Spanish Franco stamps were orange.
I began by cutting and then reassembling them into a collage. And then, something frightening happened when I looked at my work of art from across the room.
There he was emerging from the collage, the hideous, corrupt, demented orange dictator.
This is the ugliest work of art I have ever made.
|The Orange Dictator, Mixed media on board, 8"x8"|