There’s a wise ol’ saying that travel makes you richer in ways you couldn’t imagine. With this in mind, we hot-footed it on down to the latest exhibition opening at the RA, Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust.
Taking up residence at the Royal Academy, Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust uncovers one man’s dream to travel the world and discover cultures far and wild, without venturing beyond his native country. With an extensive knowledge of the wider world, American artist Joseph Cornell may have been a rather ordinary textile salesman by trade when he first began making his eclectic creations, but his passion for collecting everyday objects and transforming them into something poignant and poetic was rather extraordinary.
Inviting you to be transported on Cornell’s imaginary voyages around the world, the exhibition showcases 80 of his most treasured masterpieces, most notably his signature glass fronted wooden boxes known as ‘shadow boxes’. Housing carefully assembled keepsakes, the miniature works of art are a window into the yearning mind of Cornell.
Entirely self-taught, Cornell’s collecting of humble found objects from Manhattan’s second hand bookshops and dime stores were central to his creativity.
Transporting us to faraway destinations, Cornell stirs all the emotions and excitement of wanderlust and presents them in an art form that is just as inspiring as it was when he first began making them on his kitchen table.
Make sure to stay tuned for an exciting project we have up our sleeves with the Royal Academy, we’ve got quite the adventure planned…
Feeling inspired? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us at @EtsyUK to let us know if you will be visiting the exhibition.