ArtworksTHE WORLD IS FLAT (2009 - 2011)

The artworks in this exhibition are collages made entirely of used postage and revenue stamps, with information research from internet sources like Wikipedia (an online encyclopedia that allows anyone to contribute to its contents). The images and information on stamps were and are state-sanctioned. But because of the internet, people do not send letters much anymore and consequently stamps are no longer widely in use. To me, stamps represent an end of the era of 'official' world views.

I'm also interested in the laborious method of making these collages using stamps. The work tested my physical and mental endurance. Collecting thousands of stamps, removing them from envelopes, sorting them out, cutting out fragments of them, and gluing the pieces together to make new images' it was a very slow process, and that process was my personal defiance against the high speed and wasteful industrialised society we live in. Stamps are symbols of a fading era. A lot of people my age and older collected stamps when they were children so there's a collective memory shared between us through postage stamps. They evoked our curiosity and wonder about other countries. Locked within these used stamps in my works are mysteries of past correspondence from all over the world. In this series, I'm exploring the rapidly blurring ideas of history, personal memory, and propaganda, as well as dying values associated with stamps.

Chang Yoong Chia
6 July 2011

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Chang Yoong Chia - Alchemy
ALCHEMY
2009
Chang Yoong Chia - The World is Flat
THE WORLD IS FLAT
2010
Chang Yoong Chia - 80 Sen Definite	Stamp
80 SEN DEFINITE STAMP
2010
Chang Yoong Chia - Proto-bumiputera
PROTO-BUMIPUTERA
2010
Chang Yoong Chia - Super-bumiputera
SUPER-BUMIPUTERA
2010
Chang Yoong Chia - The Darwin-Wallace Theory of Evolution
THE DARWIN-WALLACE THEORY OF EVOLUTION
2010
Chang Yoong Chia - Queen E's Solo Performance
QUEEN E'S SOLO PERFORMANCE
2010
Chang Yoong Chia - Man with No Country
MAN WITH NO COUNTRY
2011
Chang Yoong Chia - Love	at First Sight
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
2011
Chang Yoong Chia - Three Bouquets
THREE BOUQUETS
2011
Chang Yoong Chia - The Followers
THE FOLLOWERS
2011
Chang Yoong Chia - Lilliput
LILLIPUT
2011
Chang Yoong Chia - Queen E's	Private Moment (When Will the Bubbles Burst?)
QUEEN E'S PRIVATE MOMENT (WHEN WILL THE BUBBLES BURST?)
2011
Chang Yoong Chia - Unfinished Voyage
UNFINISHED VOYAGE
2011