Tuesday, 21 July 2009
1. Sea Shell Spring, 2. globe collection, 3. Portrait of Ginevra d'Antoino Lupari in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 2008, 4. Macro of a Snail Shell
We just launched our new collection, The Wonder Cabinet Collection. This mosaic is all inspired by those cabinets. Visit ArtMind's blog to see more mosaics and join the fun!
Cabinets of curiosities (also known as Wunderkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, or wonder-rooms) were encyclopedic collections of types of objects whose categorical boundaries were, in Renaissance Europe, yet to be defined. Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history (sometimes faked), geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art (including cabinet paintings) and antiquities. The Kunstkammer was regarded as 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. (Images and information are taken from WikiPedia).
We have been experimenting with treasures we found during our walks on the beach and forests, to keep them safe for a long time. The best and most interesting results gave the idea to cast them in resin (epoxy) which gives a glass effect and which will make sure that the finding will be safe for a very long time. The treasures reminds us of the Wonder Cabinets, which were started at the early 1500's by rich men, collections of natural and non natural finds were all shown in the Cabinet (room) of Curiosities. Beside the natural finds we will be using alot of vintage finds for this collection, to give that good old feeling. These pieces are the first ones, and we are still in the process of making many others...