The piece in progress in my last post turned out rather differently, but, I think, much better, with the addition of an old brass printer's block of a man's image. Now there is a face to go with the name on the bookplate that gives the piece it's title. Here's the final version, with a detail shot:
|Ex Libris Friedrich Stockler. Mixed media 18"x 10" x 2"|
Several of the items I used were brought back from my time in Germany during the 1990s, such as the bookplate, the brass box, the crucifix figure, and the papers that form the background. Note the date, 1921, just barely visible on the paper to the right of the man's image. This is an actual hand-written sheet taken from a notebook written in German in 1921. I was afraid the ink would smear when I coated it with acrylic gel to attach it to the backing, but fortunately, it did not.
I also completed an assemblage box whose title is still pending, because I can't make up my mind.
|Mixed media assemblage in wooden box. 15" x 9" x 10"|
|Detail of the Over-door. Behind the head is a German 5-mark note c. 1930|
|View with the light off, taken at an angle to show the crucifix above the final door.|
|Mysterious things are hidden in corners, such as this book (of spells, perhaps?)|
|The top, sides and back are collaged with esoteric devices and symbols. This is the top.|
|One side; detail below|
|Fibonacci's equation, the mathematics of the spiral. Sacred geometry.|
Meanwhile, I was reading one of Donna Leon's fantastic Venetian mysteries, The Golden Egg. I came across this sentence, addressed to her protagonist, police detective Commissario Brunetti: "Come in, Commissario, and I will tell you mysteries." Wham! This became the title, minus "Commissario." But I wondered if it was too long? Especially since I wanted to include the attribution:
Come in, and I will tell you mysteries.
Donna Leon, The Golden Egg
Maybe. Next came "Mystery Lives Here." Not too bad, but rather too much like a slogan?
Then, I came across another quotation, this time from artist who originated box art, Joseph Cornell (he is my god.) "The Light of Other Days" is the epigraph to Bel Canto Pet, his written homage to Giulia Grisi, the great Romantic-era mezzo-soprano. I think that could stand alone, without the attribution. Those who love Cornell as much as I do, would get it.
So, what shall it be? I have until July to make up my mind. Meanwhile, back to the studio! Here are some glimpses of what cooking now.
|Miniature icons, for an homage box for the old-time icon painters|
|A box of little buildings....|
|And Cupid crucified, waiting for his box to be completed. (The big wings will likely go away. He's cupid, not an angel.)|