Autumn Week 5: Maud’s Cabinet of Wonders

This post is about the week 5 exhibition, “Maud’s Cabinet of Wonders,” by our studio group a.k.a. “The Wonder Collective.” For more info about my individual piece, click here.

This exhibition was a result of quick thinking, teamwork, and thinking outside the box. It had to be pulled together very quickly, and we had to respond to the environment we were given and the equipment available. This meant it was a challenge but if anything, the difficulties spurred us on even more.

Our exhibition was presented as a cinema, complete with seats and popcorn. We came up with a logo for our collective, made posters, created a press release, and a backlit sign. All this contributed to the aesthetic of a vintage movie theatre.

Of the eight people in our collective, four presented video pieces on a show reel, two had physical artworks on display in the room, and two (including myself) did performances. On our press release, each artist wrote a short paragraph on their piece, and this is mine:

“Celestial Spheres” is a piece that draws on the grace and beauty of motion in nature. Without attempting to re-produce nature, it aims to explore the sublime feeling it brings about via an abstract and ethereal performance.

Everybody’s artwork was very thought-provoking and varied, but what made the event more successful is the fact that we presented them together. By showcasing them all in one event, we had created one big art piece which was more than the sum of its parts, thereby raising the artwork to its full potential.

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