Sunday, January 26, 2014

Cabinet of Cities. Invisible Curiosities.




“... from the number of imaginable cities we must exclude those whose elements are assembled without a connecting thread, an inner rule, a perspective, a discourse. With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire, or it’s reverse, a fear.”
Italo Calino

It's becoming very apparent that I am drawn to window spaces, but this has to be the most interesting of all of them. Mailbox 141 is a gallery space housed in a stairwell on Flinders Lane in Melbourne. The 19 tiny window spaces which are now heritage listed, were previously (as the name suggests) mailboxes. For this exhibition I created these tiny hand painted sculptures made from clay and crystals. It was quite a difficult task creating work that not only fit within the boxes but were cohesive across 19 of them.



Cabinet of Cities. Invisible Curiosities interconnected two main ideas that within themselves had no particular commonality. Somehow, obscure lines were drawn between the two, creating a panoramic story within the boxes of Mailbox 141. Creating a site-specific installation around the premise of two very different books that both engage and inspire me: A Cabinet of Curiosities: A pictorial inventory of Albertus Seba’s collection of natural specimens, and Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. One is imagery described through the use of words, the other is the natural world represented in pictures. 

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