Stamp Art

1000 imprints tell more than one picture...

Picture: Christian Strassl
Picture: Christian Strassl

The human face is a diary of life. Every experience is documented in it, modifies lines, structures and shadows, redraws and recoins again and again. The result is a very individual map, which portrays the landscape of experience.

A portrait – no matter if it's a photo, a painting or a drawing – is a snap-shot. The only thing one can gather is the emotional state at that single moment. But what caused or triggered that emotion, who or what coined this face map? Who really is this person on the portrait? Mostly it remains hidden...

I adjourn to an expedition, try to decode the map, to figure out the essential of a human's history. Symbols, pictures and words – which develop as associations – create a very personal code. The outcome of transferring them into stamps is a distinctive toolkit – unique as the person itself. At the same time, they constitute a kind of caption, which provides the beholder the opportunity to read the map himself. This leads to a dualism of access. At first sight – comparable to the first encounter between two people – the portrait reveals the emotional snap-shot. From a distance we create a first, vague opinion. But those who are taking time to pause for a moment, to come closer and to delve into the lines and pattern, get the possibility to get to know the portrayed person in a very private way. The beholder gets the chance to discover single imprints – words and pictures – and filter and interpret them with his very own experiences. The portrait disappears to reveal a history.