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Curiosities: Library of Dust by David Maisel

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These photographs are a part of David Maisel’s book titled Library of Dust. It documents canisters of patient remains at Orgeon State Hospital. The stigma of mental illness left many of these individuals forgotten and abandoned, even after death. The Oregon State Insane Asylum, it’s name upon opening in 1883, amassed 3,500 canisters of unclaimed remains from 1913 until 1971—a result of displaced burial grounds. Unfortunately, the remains were shuffled around and stored poorly. Exposed to moisture their contents leaked and their surfaces decayed. Maisel documented the transformed canisters, along with other found objects. A beautiful series no doubt, filled with bright mineral tones and textures, but one filled with deep sadness.

(Referenced A haunting memorial in ‘Library of Dust’)

Curiosities: Crystallized Works by Tyler Thrasher

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These crystallized curiosities are the work of Tulsa based artist Tyler Thrasher. Growing crystals takes weeks, and over time he has learned to control and manipulate the process. However, the crystals can sometimes grow out of hand and these mistakes, so to speak, often yield some of Thrasher’s favorite pieces (Venison Magazine, Amber Imrie-Situnayake). This combination, creature and crystal, feels like a perfect union. You can view more on hisportfolio, and purchase limited runs from his shop.

Curiosities: Marion Catusse

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A familiar intersection, art and science. Marion Catusse experiments and uses a number of interesting materials and subjects in her pieces. Minerals, stones, and bones combine with resin, inks, and agar. From what I understand (Her biography is in French), she calls the shapes in her pieces, cells. At times they are subtlely paired with small items—other times however, they are larger in scale, overtaking the object. Taking a look at her instagram, she has some really beautiful things in store for 2016. I’ll definitely be following along.

Curiosities: Micro Matter

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Micro Matter is a series of tiny habitats and buildings in glassware. Made from natural objects and some faux model materials, Rosa de Jong hand-sculpts each piece with fine detail.