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Anatomy of a Crime Scene

No. 8 in the crime scene series, this time on a ship in deep space.

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The King’s Roads

I was invited to participate in a diorama project called The Yonder Cabinet by Kelley Bell and Melissa Penley Cormier, where “a card catalog reimagined as a collection of artists’ interpretations of their favorite literary places.” I received a box which can fit inside a retired library card catalog.

I had a hard time choosing what illustrate. Wandering through my favorite books, I came up with several great diorama scene candidates.

  • Jack Audrey and Stephen Maturin playing music in Jack’s cabin of the HMS Surprise, from one of Patrick O’Brian’s novels
  • The five horsemen in Terry Pratchett’s The Thief of Time, riding out against the auditors.
  • Miniature War on his horse in his back yard, surveying a battle of ants, while Death looks on. Also from The Thief of Time
  • Martin Chatwin as the Beast in Lev Grossman’s The Magicians
  • Fat Charlie talking to the Bird Woman in Anansi Boys
  • A scene from The Sandman
  • Etc.

Hopefully you get the idea.

I chose a passage from Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I love this book, and Clarke’s approach to magic.

In this part of the story, Mr. Strange walks into a mirror, and travels on the King’s Road to a woman’s sitting room. This road belonged to John Uskglass, also known as the Black King, the King of the North, and most commonly, the Raven King. He was the ruler of Northern England for over 300 years and is accredited with bringing magic to England.

Full diorama, a large rectangular box showing a blue ribbon of road twist through a night sky into a sitting room. Jonathan Strange is leaning out of a mirror over a fireplace while two people look on.
Christopher Drawlight and Maria Bullworth are stunned to see Mr. Strange emerging from a mirror over the fireplace.
Full diorama, a large rectangular box showing a blue ribbon of road twist through a night sky into a sitting room. Jonathan Strange is leaning out of a mirror over a fireplace while two people look on.
The King's Road
Full diorama, a large rectangular box showing a blue ribbon of road twist through a night sky into a sitting room. Jonathan Strange is leaning out of a mirror over a fireplace while two people look on.

I made this diorama from memory, as I couldn’t place my hands on my old copy of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. I mistakenly remembered the Mirror being over the fireplace. I only realized the error after it wad complete.

I enjoyed making this very much. I believe the final catalog will be on view at Maryland Art Place.

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Anatomy of a Crime Scene

Anatomy of a Crime Scene No. 7 – the Philanthropist Office. Can you solve this one?

Diorama in a Altoids tin showing an office.
A Wall safe hanging open
A single, pink scuffy slipper
Philanthropist desk
Tiny paperwork, smaller than a dime.
Scuffy slipper on a finger tip
Desk plaque reading philanthropist, sitting on the face of a dime.
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Anatomy of a Crime Scene

I really wish someone could solve these mysteries. This time, it took place in a store for previously owned shoes.

A shoe store inside an Altoids Tin
A shoe store inside an Altoids Tin
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Roshambo Play-set

I combined cut paper dioramas with 3D prints of my figures. Scenes from The Benefits of Radiation are shown below.

Diorama in an Alroids tin - cut paper and 3D print. A scene from Benefits of Radiation
Diorama in an Alroids tin - cut paper and 3D print. A scene from Benefits of Radiation
Diorama in an Alroids tin - cut paper and 3D print. A scene from Benefits of Radiation
Brass figure in a small container
Diorama in an Alroids tin - cut paper and 3D prints. A scene from Benefits of Radiation