Joseph Cornell

Collecting and arranging and making art

Between blogs like Peter Nencini’s and Lisa Congdon’s A Collection a Day I’m finally seeing a focus for my ongoing interest in both collecting and attempting to document my collections. There is also a connection to scrapbooking here.

In a way, this work pulls me back to my interest in the work of Joseph Cornell, Kurt Schwitters but also Andy Worhol’s grids of soup cans and Brillo boxes.

I have a long time interest in mail art and met the artist and stamp maker Leavenworth Jackson through that medium. Here work, too, is a piece of this puzzle.

In short, it’s not just the collecting, it’s also the connecting and arranging (and photographing) for both meaning and visual interest.

Shards and Stuff

Shards and Stuff

I made and collected a lot of “things” when I was a potter in the late ’70s. If you click on this image it will take you to the flickr page on the picture and as you point to the different objects popup notes will give you a bit more info on them.

In the near future I’m going to set up a macro stand and retake pictures of objects like these with a newer setup and see what they’re like. If anything comes of it I’ll post the pictures here.

The box that contains these old shards contains many others and it’s like finding an old Joseph Cornell box looking through it. It’s a snapshot of a life I have not thought about all that much for over 30 years but which has been preserved through these objects which each has a story. Of course, remembering those stories is another “story.”