Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Society and Solitude (1883)
These cabinets are meant to give these forms inspired by nature a sense of reverence, similar to religious reliquaries. Reliquaries are used by several religious traditions, such as Buddhists, Christians, and Hindus, among others.
Most influential to my work were the earliest Christian reliquary forms dating as early as the 4th century, which were essentially boxes that were based on architectural designs. These reliquaries were designed to venerate items of religious importance to the church, such as the physical remains of saints or objects associated with religious figures.
In a similar manner, I am assigning significant importance to everyday forms that I find strange, beautiful, or wondrous. This is enabled by a rather obsessive need to protect what I deem valuable, rather than religiously significant. The cabinets elevate the ordinary to extraordinary, while concurrently protecting the objects contained within as a sign of reverence. The delicate nature of each form compared to the man-made aesthetic of the cabinet enhances this feeling of reverence and awe.
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