Cabinets of curiosities arose in mid-sixteenth century Europe as repositories for all manner of wondrous and exotic objects, collected from around the world illustrating man's desire to travel and explore new cultures. This body of work presents a contemporary interpretation of the traditional cabinet of curiosities bringing together a diverse range of unusual objects and phenomena.
Influences for new work range from tattoos as visual body cabinets, skeletal remains re-ordered into mythical beasts, social status statements from mineral water containers.
The first cabinet, commissioned as a fringe event to the Stamford Georgian Festival took the age of Enlightenment for inspiration. The Eighth Wonder of the World examined the 1697 creation of Dr Frederick Ruysch’s collection of tiny scenes mixing displayed body parts with domestic ephemera. His curiosities held in a number of houses in Amsterdam were known as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
The gallery shows a tiny selection of the wondrous objects displayed in this first cabinet.