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An Assemblage of Art

January 11, 2011

The Talkeetna Artists Guild’s second Saturday art show for January was a group show entitled “In the Spirit of Joseph Cornell.” Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) was an artist, sculptor, film maker whose most characteristic works were boxed assemblages created from found objects.

These were my two submissions for the show.  They can currently be viewed at the Sheldon Hangar in Talkeetna.

Titled “Playing with Hearts” (Sold) This shadow box is completely made up of old game boards and pieces.  Part of my inspiration came from my love of the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass books where cards and chess pieces come to life; also, the observation that the majority of games have some sort of social commentary.  And as a friend observed, there was a time when people were used as pawns in a game; when the daughter of one king would be married off to the prince of a neighboring country just to keep peace.  As Nat King Cole used to croon, “Many a tear has to fall, but it’s all in the game. All in the wonderful game we know as love.”

My other shadow box was much more simple in concept and inspiration.  It is called “Three Eggs on Poetry.” I used pages from a vintage book of Wordsworth poetry for the backdrop.

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