The brooch features an array of colorful postage stamps from Paraguay, each depicting a different painting of flowers by the renowned French artist, Paul Cézanne. This is a stunning piece of jewelry that is both unique and thought-provoking.
The stamps are carefully arranged on the brooch to create a beautiful mosaic-like pattern that is both intricate and captivating. The red background of the brooch provides a bold contrast to the colorful stamps and adds a sense of depth and dimension to the piece.
What sets this brooch apart from traditional jewelry is the intentional questioning of historical jewelry values. Instead of using gemstones as the central focus, the Cancelled Icons series, of which this brooch is a part of, uses postage stamps. This unconventional approach challenges the traditional notions of aesthetic value and material use.
The brooch's series, Cancelled Icons, hints at the underlying themes of currency and material use that are prevalent throughout the series. The use of postage stamps from Paraguay adds a layer of geographic and political significance, calling attention to the role that art and culture play in shaping national identity and international relations.
Made by the artist Pamela Ritchie in Nova Scotia
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