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Cabinets of curiosities

Cindy Tonkin - February 14, 2021

In 2010 and 2011 I loooked at the concept of the cabinet of curiosities in a bunch of different ways.

  • took previously collaged artist trading cards and attached them to canvases on grids
  • painted grids and added images from the world book encyclopedia Aunty Susie had given me from the school library
  • added ephemera and magazine cut outs to grids
  • painted grids over old works
  • copied paintings i’d painted over other grids to create abstract paintings.

It was a fruitful series, and one which continues to return to me everytime I see a set of drawers or a cabinet. Who knows, they may come back in an artist’s book some time soon?

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