Jan van Kessel the Elder, Festoon, Masks, and Rosettes Made of Shells, 1656
A post earlier this week about photographer Rosamond Purcell led to a number of comments about how followers love collections, as I do, of every kind. These random examples show how artists extract from the natural and man-made world, a practice that goes back centuries.
Swedish artist Camilla Engman creates “organized collections” like the one above.
Suitcase wall from the studio of New Mexico artist Gail Rieke
The display below is by mixed media artist Lyndal Osborne, from her ‘Organisms’ collection, in a post from Canadian Art Junkie, here.
Mixed media installation: aerial roots, artificial teeth, banana stalks, Broome stalks, Canola seeds, chicken bones, chopped rubber, copper wire, crab/lobster bands, Cuttle fish, Day Lilly flowers and stalks, discarded plastic, DNA model, Dogwood, dried grass, earth, elastic bands, felt, Eucalypt nuts, Eucalypt seeds, Evening Scented Stocks, felt stoppers, glue, Horsetail, Hosta flower stalks, indoor plant leaves, kelp, kelp floats, Kurrajong seedpods, Larch, leather, lobster antennae, Lotus, Monsterio, moss, mussels, paint, paper mache, pencil crayons, pipettes, plastic stir sticks, pom -poms, Protea leaves, Queen of the Night, Rhubarb seeds, rope, Russian Lilac, sea fan, seaweed, seed pods, Port Jackson shark eggs, shuttle cocks, speaker wire, sponge wands, Spruce, steel pins, steel, telegraph wire, thumb tacks, Tree Fern, Tuckamore twigs, twine, twist ties, Wild Clematis, and Willow. Dimensions: 48 x 80 x 52 inches