Candle in the wind
The portrait was created to commemorate Diana, Princess of Wales on the 10th anniversary of her death. To the public she was the Princess of Hearts and is still remembered with great affection today. Over one hundred of a set of five stamps featuring Diana’s portrait were used to create a candle, symbolising Elton John’s number one hit record, ‘Candle in the Wind’. The earrings on the picture were designed as triangles to represent Diana, Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles on one hand or Diana, Charles and Dodi Al Fayed on another yet can also be interpreted to relate to her roles as mother, wife and icon. Black stamps used around the edge of her sad eyes add to her very English peaches and cream complexion, her hair is graphically well coiffured. In contrast the dark corner of the picture and the haphazard cutting of the strands of hair were created to express storm clouds, the impending gloom of her failed marriage.
213cm x 365 cm ( 84" x 144" ) on paper. Created from 22,000 used postage stamps.