by Eric Whollem
edition of 100, plus ten artist's proofs each
Copyright by the artist.
A Set of Four Stamps
A Neohistorical View of the Sacred King of Nemi in
Light of the Vantage of the Micronation of Amphora
This stamp set, entitled The Muse of the Wood, takes a cameo
of my portrait of "The King of the Wood," painted with earth
paints in 1974, and imaginatively recreates a courtship scene
involving his muse. The king with his triangular hat appears in
my earth painting as seen on my post of December 21, 2009.
The sacred king legendarily was the guardian of the Golden
Bough, the magical mistletoe of the oak tree.
He was required to fight by the sword for his kingly right.
Sir Douglas Frazier, the father of modern anthropological
science, wrote about the sacred kings in his book, The
TECHNIQUE OF THIS STAMP'S DESIGN
This stamp was created "hands on," using a cut paper collage
approach. At the time of this stamp's creation I had no computer.
But I had an antique 1980's word processor which supplied the
typeface of the design.
The stamp started as an ink drawing which was reproduced in
black and white on colored paper stock. These impressions were
cut out and reassembled with glue on a colored sheets imprinted
with the word processor typeface.
The result is a graphic design that is reminiscent to a degree of
serigraphic print making. During the 1970's I worked in the
silk screen medium, having produced a number of hand-pulled
I have also dabbled in etching and aquatint in my college days
at U.C.Berkeley in the late sixties.
These limited edition stamps are signed and numbered on the
backs in pencil, like an art print. The perforations are executed
by hand with a die cutter. The gum on the back was applied
manually with a brush.
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