Collectioning III, Loose Ends
Queer Kitsch, Antiques, Inheritance, and Non-Context.
Cabinets of Curiosity, otherwise known as Antiquarians or Wonder-Cabinets (Wunderkammer), are rooms, cupboards or loosely stored collections of notable objects or artifacts of scientific note. These early museums largely served as status symbols, but relate to a visual library nowadays often associated with the sterility of institution, or the manic collector who is crushed beneath the weight of their treasures. In the everyday, collections become patterns of accumulation, rhythms of objects in a space, things you notice every time you step into a room. I am often drawn to decoration and collection in my practice, assembling objects in themed groups as the composition may require, sorting real space into the diorama-like arrangement of the still life or study. The relationships of object, assortment, and image.
From, “Collectioning” (zine)
“I spot him first, four white molars poking through the silt at low tide
I point and call out,
I am in my Sunday Best, so
She is the one to fish him up.”
“How to cultivate an old place,