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« on: October 09, 2007 07:20:02 AM »

I've been wanting to make 3-D collages along the lines of Joseph Cornell for a long time, but I could never come up with something that satisfied me.  One day while cleaning out my old room, I found a few empty jewelry boxes, and realized they were perfect containers for the collages!  The front of the boxes have been cut out and replaced with a glass pane.

The glass pane in this one is about the height of a quarter, more or less (I wish I had taken a picture to show the size).  The words in the background say "Mono No Aware" which is translated from a Japanese saying that means "an awareness of the transience of things and a gentle sadness at their passing" (according to a site I found through wikipedia).  It could also mean "a pathos to things" or "an empathy to things".  The box was given as a gift to the musician Larkin Grimm.

The butterfly wing, feather, twig, and eggshell bits are all real, as is the small bone (it's the vertebrae of a chicken).



I wish I could get that glare off the side of the box, but this was the best I could do! 
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2007 09:21:13 AM »

Wow!  Very inspiring... I find collage or any sort intimidating, but thinking about working in such small scale might make it more manageable for me.  If you make more, it would be just awesome if you posted larger photos, pretty please.
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2007 06:31:09 AM »

Thanks for your comment MistressT!!  I definitely feel overwhelmed by large shadowboxes- for some reason the small space of the jewelry box feels just right.  Mainly my process is to get inspired by a small object, which I use as a base for my "theme" for the box.  I usually aim for expressing a certain type of "feeling" with the collage.

Like for example this one was inspired by my friends' apartment, which has sort of a romantic-Asian inspired feel:



The feeling of being down by the riverbank:



I have this amazing Poppy paper and was determined not to do anything with it until I found a tiny caterpillar a la Alice in Wonderland.  Lo and behold, I was in a small shop near where I live, and they were selling tiny porceline figurines, one of which was the most perfect little caterpillar I have ever seen!



This one was inspired by a box of sewing machine parts I have and some paper with ampersands in different fonts. I started thinking about the overall theme of "tying everythign together"- like stitching something up to make a whole:

(sorry for the glare)


And here is a final pic to show size:



Hopefully you can see a few more details in the last pic- it's annoyingly difficult to take closeups of tiny things behind glass...
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2007 11:09:45 AM »

these are lovely!
i'm crazy in love with joseph cornell's work and i was so thrilled when the exhibit opened at the MOMA here in SF a couple weeks ago--anyone in the bay area should def. give it a peek.  just like your boxes, pictures just don't do justice to that third dimension. 
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2007 12:06:05 PM »

wow, that's such a cool project. kinda like atc's but 3-D.. haha. I love the asian one. thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2007 05:17:11 PM »

I LOVE Joseph Cornell-he's one of my art heroes. And you use the  whole assemblage/collage idea very well. I think this rocks!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2007 09:35:47 PM »

WOW!  Thanks for all the pics and the information.  I'm definitely going to bookmark this for when I'm ready to try out some shadowboxes, assemblages, etc.  I'll also have to check out this Joseph Cornell fellow as either I've not heard of him or I've forgotten - which is highly likely as I have a terrible memory for names these days. 
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