Shadowboxing, Mini-worlds

May 5, 2010 — Leave a comment

Maybe it’s because I’m tall that I feel the Call of the Small.

From "Call of the Small" blog

Last week my students made textual assemblages, 3-D found object sculptures inspired by a text–their own or someone else’s. We had a little art exhibit.

We looked at Joseph Cornell‘s shadowboxes and talked about the appeal of creating an entire mini-world, of choosing what goes in, what stays out, what goes where.

Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Cocatoo and Corks), c. 1948, 14 3/8 x 13 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. Private Collection. © Joseph Cornell/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

This is how short stories, especially short short stories, work. A collection of things, a pleasing order, an enclosed world, mystery.

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