The cabinet of Curosities!!

I really didnt want to move on until I posted all the new reliquary boxes i made last night were finished but I post them online later one after work! Todays project is making two small cabinets of curosities, and also to redecorate one small room in my tattoo studio in this wonder room style! (though it wont score me any points at work as my current artist is into total minimalism!!!  The cabinets of curosities  are also known in Germany as wunderkammer- the wonder room. Objects often used for wonder cabinets include objects that  nelong to natural history, geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works or art -including cabinet paintings and antiquities. This was hughly popular in victorian times

“The Kunstkammer was regarded a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater. The Kunstkammer conveyed symbolically the patron’s control of the world through its indoor, microscopic reproduction.”

"Musei Wormiani Historia", the frontispiece from the Museum Wormianum depicting Ole Worm's cabinet of curiosities.

So why the fascination? In college i amassed a hugh collection of bones and skulls, natural history objects, small antiques for use in assemblage art. One of my favorites artists during my college years is a man by the name of Joseph Cornell who is famous for making shadow that are mini cabinets of curosities. Also i am just fasicnated by a lot of aspects of victorian culture incuding this! Please take a trip here if you want to learn more about this man and his amazing work!!

“From the 1930s to the 1950s, Cornell converted numerous old wood boxes—once used to store and carry writing accessories, jewelry, medicines, and toiletries—into works that he often described as Museums and Pharmacies,” writes Lynda Roscoe Hartigan. “Usually they feature vials or bottles filled with found objects, especially shells, sands and colored liquids, feathers, snippets of text and illustrations, beads, marbles, and mineral and wood samples. The selection of materials is inherently poetic, yet the bottled, orderly compendia suggest that a scientist, magician, or collector has been at work. Chests, cabinets, and museums fulfill man’s need to preserve, classify, and display specimens, documents, mementos, and treasures. The tradition of the cabinet of curiosities and the Wunderkammer (room of wonders) have played illustrious roles in the evolution of museums, and Cornell tapped into these traditions in creating his own Museums. He also used old chests and cabinets, some with doors, shelves, and handles, to create miniature reliquaries dedicated to historical figures and fictional characters.”

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There are also a few modern artists use embrase this victorian idea and fuse it with steampunk to create some incredible work

Ron Pippin's travelling museum box!

Above is my favorite box by artist Ron Pippin. It is called the travelling museum box. And nearly showcases all the objects that beong in a wunder kammer!

The creator of the Above works is a guy by the name Alex Cf, go to his website to see to  find the original cryptozoological scientific specimens! These boxes are amazing and so authentic looking! Hopefully i can make something half as good later on! First there’s a pigs head out back that needs digging up…(reliquary part 2!)

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