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Exhibition Detail
Waxed & Winged- A Cabinet of Curiosities
385 26th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

January 7th, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
January 29th, 2011 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Specimen Box, Joy BroomJoy Broom, Specimen Box, Mixed Media
© Joy Broom
East Bay
(510) 452-4670
Sat 1-5; Thurs/Fri by appointment
mixed-media, installation

Waxed & Winged: A Cabinet of Curiosities

Opening Night: Opens January 7, 2011, from 6 to 9 p.m. (First Friday)

Artist’s Reception: January 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

(Oakland, California) Joy Broom describes her art pieces as “Insect Specimen Boxes.” They are that, certainly, and more. Her dioramic art, which combines natural and fabricated elements – including actual insect specimens, combined with her own paintings and pen drawings, preserved in purified beeswax – hearkens back to the cabinets of curiosities popularized by European aristocrats in the 16th and 17th centuries. Waxed and Winged opens at Studio Quercus Friday, January 7, 2011.

Says Joy Broom: “This installation is about my own impulse to collect and impose order on natural elements. I expanded on the use of insect specimens and imagery with additional layers of other natural elements: seeds, trees, cells, organs, cocoons. The combination became a more personal biology; the work became a take on icons, shrines, and altar pieces. To me, these elaborate ordered extravaganzas go far beyond science and into a realm of darkly compelling human vanity.”

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