In week 3, we have talked about engaging with a collection and how artist response to collections in and galleries. We have looked at works of different artist who were inspired by collections and the idea of collecting objects, and how objects become a part of human society. The artist that I have outlined was Mark Dion with works – ‘Thames Dig’, and ‘Tar and Feathers’. I have got inspired by ideas of Cabinets of Curiosity (16th-18th century) and the way people displayed objects that they have brought from traveling, and things that they thought were important.
‘Tar and Feathers’ (1996)
During our studio day, we have visited Zoology museum of Reading University, and got an introductory tour through their expositions.
We have been asked to produce a group art project in response of what we have seen.
I think the objects that ordinary people collect, show something intimate and idealized.