Honorable Mention

Cabinet Of Curiosity

  • Photographer
    Paul Biddle
  • Company/Studio
    Paul Biddle Artist
  • Date of Photograph
    2016
  • Technical Info
    Digital Collage

My latest series is about Cabinets of Curiosity and Rooms of Wonder and is about Man as avid collector and pillager of the Natural World to the detriment of that world, as symbolised by the Dodo. I have photographed many Natural History museum exhibits and locations or any interesting items that he finds on his travels and the idea of compositing them back in the studio seems appropriate as these Cabinets often contained fakes and Jennys (the fabulous creations constructed by combining parts of different creatures). The faded palette and worn textures that pervade these photographs underscore my references to personal and cultural histories and the passage of time. It is quite appropriate that I look to the Western tradition of the Wunderkammer as a source of inspiration. The fantastical subjects I create in the studio also possess strong art historical allusions, from Latin American Magical Realism and Colonial American folk art to the works of the Surrealists.

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