Vintage photos and ephemera, bright colors against faded backgrounds, pop culture iconography.. these are a few of my favorite things and they can all be found in the work of Melody Postma.
This Clearwater, FL native and graduate of SCAD shares my own fascination with old photographs, utilizing their documentary/slice-of-life style and pop culture graphics of years gone by to create work that calls to us from the past. We see our parents and grandparents in these faces, recalling memories of favorite games, candy, the way of life as we like to remember it.
Looking at these images and icons leads me to wonder.. Will audiences in the future be impacted as emotionally when they look back on today’s culture? Will we see artists exploring the good ol’ days of the 00’s, the digital revolution, reality shows and social media? Will the cultural phenomena of today hold as much charm as other decades?
Or is it just that we always look back with nostalgia at times that held precious memories or periods that we’ve idealized? Maybe it’s the 21st century cynic in me, but I’m just not sure we’ll look back on the current era quite as fondly. Or maybe it’s that most of us didn’t live through the eras we’re most nostalgic about. And perhaps that what Melody Postma is getting at.
To see more of Melody Postma’s work, please visit her website. Her work can also be viewed at Lanoue Fine Art in Boston, Hubert Gallery in NYC, Gallery Brown in L.A and Trudy Labell Fine Art in Naples, FL.
Featured image is An Afternoon With Whitman, mixed media on panel, 36×36.