I wish I had a gazillions in grant money, engineers and technicians to bring my ideas to life but I don't. I do however have access to kind, creative individuals who help me achieve my goals.
I really wanted to participate in the Gueulart sculpture park so I came up with the idea of building a Cabinet of Curiosities to display my little sculptures outdoors. Since Gueulart is an artist-run space, it's the perfect venue to experiment and try new things.
I hired Jacques Grenier who had previously built the pole cover for my Éveil project to help me create the unit. The cabinet is basically a box with two shelves. I painted the inside of the box matte black so the contrasting, silken-like figures would stand out.
I wanted the cabinet to appear somewhat circus-like, reminiscent of those fortune teller booths in carnival sideshows. I applied funky pink paint and a pale border trim in summer cottage green. A black stripe with gold polka dots separating the two colours created an interesting effect.
Hefty fence posts turned into legs. They were incredibly heavy but solid. I painted the legs black. After flipping them over, I poured pink paint from the top to create a dripping effect.
I needed to make the back of the cabinet as interesting as the front since people were going to walk around it in the sculpture park. I outlined a big eye with wings to spark the interest of those who came up to the work from behind. It became a "viewer observer".
Jacques gave me a small decorative shelf that he was about to throw out that looked perfect screwed in upside down on
top of the unit. I added umbrella handles that were left over from a previous project. Claudine Ascher, friend and sculptor, gave me some interesting decorative brass elements that I nailed onto the sides, top and back.
Time came to give the cabinet a title. I wanted something exotic and researched Cabinets of Curiosities. I thought the German equivalent sounded perfect for my project. The name Kunst Kabinett would most likely provoke questions (which can't hurt during an exhibition right?). I painted the letters black, glued and nailed them onto the inverted shelf.
|I love it when kids look interested! Photo: Gueulart|
Where there's a will, there's a way. Thanks to Jacques Grenier, Monica Brinkman and Claudine Ascher for their help and expertise in the realization of my idea for the Kunst Kabinett. I was really happy with the final result. It was exhibited in a group exhibition until the end of October 2022 at the Parc de sculptures de la Mairie, 671 Saint-Régis, St-Isidore. See all the other beautiful works that were in this exhibition at the Gueulart website.