- Issue date: 11/05/2017
- Printing Process: Offset
- Paper: Engomado
- Size of stamp: 28.8 x 40.9 mm ambos motivos
- Size of block sheet: 105.6 x 79.2 mm
- No. of stamps per block sheet: 2
- Postal value of the stamps: 0.55 € y 0.60 €
- Block print run: 70.000
Contemporary Art. Zoe – Jordi Casamajor
This year, the Contemporary Art series presents a special block sheet issue that includes two stamps dedicated to the finalists of the Escola Massana’s “Art Workshops” that competed to represent the Principality of Andorra at the 2017 Venice Biennial. The winning piece at the event was Eve Ariza’s “Murmuris”, which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale.
“Lost Origin” and “Omphalos” were the works submitted by Zoe and Jordi Casamajor, respectively, two pieces that use symbolism associated with the ancestral world, juxtaposed with our modern industrial environment, inviting reflection on the very nature of humankind in today's world.
Zoe (Eva Martínez), an Andorran artist with more than 20 years of experience, has shifted from the painterly academicism of her early works to the abstraction of recent pieces, boldly mixing techniques and media like wood, metal and glass, and always seeking out emotion and reflection based on abstract symbolic elements in which women play a central role.
Her work “Lost Origin” continues along these lines, conceiving a giant doll made from textiles which, like a palaeolithic Venus, produces soulless bodies, “failed human existences”, the product of abusive technology and an uncontrolled environment that makes us sick and separates us from our origins.
The work of Jordi Casamajor, a sculptor and passionate scholar of Andorran cave art, represents the symbolism and shapes found in the prehistoric etchings he studies in the Pyrenees.
His personal style is evident in “Omphalos”. It is a sculptural work evoking an ancient ritual in which fantastic animals inspired by the mythological, pagan and ethnographic background of the Pyrenees circle ceremoniously around the Omphalos, the magical sacred centre which they worship.
The focal point is artificial, luminous and industrial, symbolising the new sanctity of the modern world in contrast to the primitive. The piece seeks out the complicity of spectators, who are obliged to enter and circle around it, becoming involuntary participants in the ancient ritual and stimulating reflection on the opposition between the primitive and modern worlds.