We have been inspired by the intriguing shadow boxes of the American artist, Joseph Cornell and, at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, Suffolk by the wonderful collection of gypsy wagons.
During the course we have found out how different artists collect and gather material and how their work is influenced by museum collections. We have drawn and photographed the gypsy wagons and learnt about their life on the road. We have made ‘leporello’ books to record our ideas through collage and drawing. We spent three sessions and time in between at home, making our own shadow boxes. In these boxes we were able to tell our story through the objects that we selected to put in them. We found our own connections to the travellers objects and way of life and so these finished boxes contain a piece of us, a connection to the museum we worked in and a nod to the great Joseph Cornell who captured all of our imaginations.
These three boxes are all by Trisha.
These boxes are all on display in the Community Cabinet at Abbott’s Hall, Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, Suffolk.In This Box……….In this box, the bottle top stars are contained within the deep blue, like the universe.Within a natural net of shiny conflict and busy plastic, a gypsy wagon is on its journey, tranquil, peaceful and calm.But what’s inside?And what is disguised within the layered words, celestial leaves, and cluttered twigs of this box?Fallen autumn leaves on their journey to become the dust of the earth.