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Creating art and beauty with paint, paper, recycled postage stamps and mixed media is a phase Brandel is in now. Her collages are arrangements mixing cutouts of maps, geographic and planetary images, juxtaposed with anamorphic outlines—the interior filled with postage stamps. Her eye for color, dimension and shape creates a new, impactful whole. “Postage stamps look like tattoos, connecting the citizens of the world in one image,” she says. “I delight in juxtaposing the imagery and meanings of the stamps and the maps, often finding humor in my paintings. I explore my world closely by depicting objects in my life and studio, sometimes paired or apposed with the landscape just outside,” Brandel describes. “Other paintings are homages to anonymous artisans and their Treasure, by B. Brandel handmade works from throughout the world, or fragments of treasures from other cultures and times.” An artist explores creative ideas in thematic variations. “I like working in a series, and have several ongoing in both collage and painting,” says Brandel. Painting series include “Antiquities”, “Patterns & Fragments” and “Inside/Outside”. In 2004, Branby Dale Bruder del began using the collage technique a new whole. An ancient technique n artist goes through phases. beginning with the “World Travelers” dating back to 200 BCE in China, colThey change mediums, master series, depicting cowgirls and clowns, lage emerged as an art form after 1900, jugglers and celebrities. techniques, discover new uses in the early stages of modern art. Cub- for old materials and explore styles, To remain fresh, an artist must be ist painters Georges Braque and Pablo ever pursuing the muse. “Each phase curious about the surrounding world. Picasso cut out pieces of paper and informs the work that is to come,” Radical realizations can spark new attached them to drawings and paintnotes artist Barbara Brandel. An acings. Henri Matisse, an acknowledged complished and feted fiber artist for decades, she explored folk art through influence for Brandel, used cutouts of brightly painted paper at the height of tapestry garments and wall pieces his creative arc. before returning to drawing and paintThe active ingredient in the artist ing. Soon after, she began embellishing recipe is taking creative risks. “Never paper and canvas with collage. “After studying figure drawing in the having seen any other collage work university, one semester of textile art led with postage stamps, my collages startto 30 years creating with a loom. I have ed out with the ‘World Travelers’ series, with fanciful costumes and figures,” a deep appreciation for the cultures explains Brandel. “Often my imaginary and people of the world who used and people are displaying past experiences, still use their handcrafted objects and textiles,” says Brandel. “I’m honoring art ancestry, desires or perhaps regrets on their garments or as part of their forms from cultures past and present.” skin, as they travel through their lives. Collage is an art production technique primarily used in the visual arts, They are portraits of everyone and no A Little Something for the Kiddies, one. Bodies, hands, heads and familiar in which the artwork is made from an by B. Brandel assemblage of different forms, creating objects are my subjects.”

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