Commemorative Stamps

By Ildiko Toth

Portland, Oregon, USA

Commemorative Stamps

ABOUT THE PIECE: Stamps are a good way to recognize something, reflect the importance of an issue or highlight values. The illustrations of these stamps are a collection of my work for campaigns for Palestine I have been doing in part for AUPHR, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights in Portland, OR, and in part for my own.

All these images shown together makes a clear statement of Palestine and the 60 years of struggle for existence.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: I am 34 years old and was born in Hungary. I have been living as a resident of USA in Portland, OR for 7 years. My husband is Palestinian and as of March 30, 2008 he currently resides in Gaza, unable to leave since June, 2007. While we are forced to live apart at the moment for many reasons, (which is really hard for both of us), getting myself involved in something worthwhile helps to keep us close to each other. Our high hopes to be re-united soon has been turned into frustration and a sense of injustice. By knowing my husband giving me the opportunity to use my graphics and communications experience for a cause. In January, 2007 I joined AUPHR, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights organization in Portland and started exploring creative ideas on how to express the Palestinian struggle publicly and draw attention to events. I am a graphic designer, my day job is in the field of marketing and I realize the importance of communication. I appreciate the fact that actively engaging with the culture of my husband can actually provide me a deeper insight into the true potential to pursue my effort further in the future.

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