Joseph Cornell’s Assembled Boxes Of Surreal Quality.

Unlike most of th stuff posted on this blog, this is an old thing. Joseph Cornell was of a rare breed of American surrealist artist who grew up during the Great Depression. Inspired by Max Ernst’s amazing surrealist collage book, la Femme 100 tetes (100 Headless Women)take a look at 165 pages of it here — Cornell gathered materials from secondhand shops, arranged them, and created custom-collaged boxes, full of symbolism and wonder. These boxes almost seem like storefront windows, but their peculiar nature hold much deeper meanings than your average attractor of consumerism.

These boxes show below are merely glinting off the surface…


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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her metaphysical interests with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. She regularly shares human-centered stories through her storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2020, she will [hopefully] begin production on a comedic Asian-American series entitled Reckless Spirits.

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