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Publication Date : 05-09-2013
A Malaysian stamp collector has launched an art collection made entirely of postage stamps put together into collages
Art lovers can enjoy Chang Yoong Chia’s unique art pieces with historical depictions at Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur, until September 15.
Chang, a 38-year old from Kuala Lumpur, has created his second collection of art pieces made entirely of postage stamps stuck together with white glue to create a collage.
His inspirations were fuelled by his interest in old postage stamps that sometimes came with unique items such as a letter written in 1985 by a primary school headmaster in China to his elder sister who worked as a dulang (tub) washer, road-paver and small-time farmer in Malaysia.
The letter not only acknowledged having received the money sent over by the sister but also describes the hardships faced by their family in China and also requesting for more money to assist in his son’s wedding.
By utilising such objects as a foundation for his creativity, it then led Chang to create My Dear Motherland — made entirely of postage stamps and polyvinyl acetate glue, depicting the hardships faced when then Communist party leader Deng Xiaoping was in power.
His collection is fundamentally an artistic step into history books, both local and international.
Chang’s new collection, Immortal Beloved, is represented by a rather large collage of stamps depicting a bird with a letter in its beak that is on fire.
Such a representation indicates that the use of sending correspondences through the mail is somewhat “going up in smoke”, and this is how he intends to help us remember how things were done back in the day.
The uniqueness about this particular piece is the specific use of stamps that bear the images of well-known people such as Marilyn Monroe, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Prince William, Winston Churchill and the late Malaysian singer P. Ramlee, to name a few.