14. Mar, 2018

In the Footsteps of Joseph Cornell

I have been thinking a lot about the assemblage and decided I wanted to create mine in a box so it could hide away on a book shelf when not on display. It also sort of tied in with the concept that Joseph Cornell has been hidden from me and that he was a recluse from the world. My assemblage is titled In the Steps of Joseph Cornell. The Assemblage itself is quite simple but the personal symbolism is what has inspired me. I have used a simple post box sprayed matt black. On the outside of the box I have printed and stuck an image of the Southern Constellation with some sparkley beads representing the Southern cross. You may not be albe to read the words from Mary Chapin Carpenter's song but the top is "Yet here is a box that swears it has heard That ideas are like stars: And under the printout the song continues " And who is that shadow there by the gate? Who was that there standing guard? It was only loneliness and loneliness waits And ideas are like stars Ideas are like stars" These words really resnate with me

Inside the box I have pasted a poorly executed embroidery that I did long ago with the Thoreau quote I have referrred to in some of my posts and that seems so apt for CSR: "The question is not what you look at but what you see." This thread work was done by me so long ago,- before I had recognised the difference between stems titch and back stitch and before I recognised that it was OK to embroider in just one strand - my great grandmother who looked after me as a child and taught me my love of needlework would have had a fit at one strand!!!

I liked the inference that Joseph's work was meant to be moved and so had mobile pieces in it - hence the wire with the beads and keys on it. I was really nervous about how I would mount this but it came out OK. The keys represent the learning and enthusiasm that CST is unlocking and these particular keys have stamped on their shafts are the words Laughter, Dream and Success. They were a gift in a lucky Secret Santa dip long ago and now they have a proper home

The small figure in the bottom right is from an old classical chess set that my husband ( who is the chess player) could never come to terms with. The figures were too foreign to what he had become accustomed to. The figure is of Rodin's the Thinker - again linked to the course but also to the history of this piece. I have glued this explanation to the bottom floor - The Thinker was entitled the Poet. He represented Dante author of the Divine Comedy which had inspired The Gates, leaning forward to observe the circles of Hell, while meditating on his work. The Thinker was therefore initially both a being with a tortured body, almost a damned soul, and a free thinking man, determined to transcend his suffering through poetry." Does that ring a bell with any of your inner children and your creativity.

And through it all the birds sing so my Nature Child really wanted to add in the little needlework bird to the inside lid to keep things on a lighter and more positive note. I do need to tidy up around the edges of this piece

Not a great work of art because you wouldn't get all my inferences by just looking at the piece but then a lot of my creations are like this. There is another depth that only analysis brings forward. I will place my box - open for now on the shelves in the office where my computer is situated so I can admire and remember what Joseph Cornell has brought into my life. When the light is in the right angle the keys cast lovely shadows onto the back of the box.