Arister Gifts Diorama

I just scored this clock shadowbox at Goodwill! What a great box! I love finding things like this. I’ve made several other scenes from thrift store treasure.

In my eagerness to get started, I forgot to take the “before” photos. Luckily, there are similar pics of this piece on the Internet. Here’s what this looked like before I took it apart.

Arister Clock Shadowbox
Detail of Arister clock shadowbox

Everything was glued and screwed into the box. I was worried about breaking it as I disassembled the pieces. But, it turned out!

The revised, finished diorama
Upper Panel detail shot
Lower panel detail shot

Here are the scenes before I reassembled to cover and glass.

A black and white cut paper church and graveyard
Scene of skeletons greeting each other

CHARON, THE FERRYMAN SHADOWBOX DIORAMA REVISITED

It was a little over a year ago that I made the first Charon shadow box. This is for an upcoming show at the Hamilton Gallery, and it seemed like a good “warm-up” for the upcoming work I will be making for this show.

This measure 10″ x 10″ and it about 2″ deep, and shows Charon guiding a ship through the Dead Sea toward the Land of the Dead.

Detail of Charon guiding a ship through the dead sea.
The assembled diorama, with Charon guiding a ship through the dead sea.
Detail of the ship and its layers, cut from paper.

A Map of What is Known of The Land of the Dead

The final cut paper shadow box for my upcoming show. This map details what little is known about Land of the Dead, and the outlying Pine Island. I made the parchment using a bathtub and a pot of coffee.

Map in frame

This map is the keystone to the whole show, and shows elements of the other pieces on display. It stitches the whole story together.

The Land of the Dead

The Resurrection Research Society

Some folks in the Land of the Dead are as interested in returning to life as we are in staying alive. Here’s a scene from a prestigious philosophical society in the Land of the Dead – The Resurrection Research Society.

This is 10″ x 10″, shown at the bottom.

The Resurrection Research Society

Shelves in the lab

Society members look on

Three works on display in Greenbelt

The City of Lost Things

Here’s another shadow box for my upcoming show. It makes use of cut-paper shapes. The City of Lost Things (on Pine Island) is where those things that go missing turn up.

This is in a 10″ x 10″ frame. I forgot to photograph it in my studio after it was fully assembled, so here’s a photo from my phone, which shows how it turned out (in a rough, pixely way).

The City of Lost Things

Three works on display in Greenbelt