An Assemblagist – Joseph Cornell at the Royal Academy

 

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After a long meeting today in London, I strolled down to the Royal Academy to see an exhibition  by a man who has intrigued me for a long time.   A collection from his lifetimes work, meticullously assembling series upon series of beguiling and enchanting boxes.  Boxes filled with a lifetimes worth of dreams and yearnings of a magical world.  His name JOSEPH CORNELL 1903-1972

A man who never left his country of birth, spending most of his life in the Bronx looking after his ailing mother and brother, working as a textile salesman during the day and spending his nights engrossed in his abundant  collections of ephemera, found objects, letters, old books in fact anything that would help him create these masterpieces in such detail,,,,,,,,,,, Constantly searching in dimes stores, sorting and cutting and preparing all the pieces, almost like he was “assembling” his life in boxes without actually having to live it himself.

I also read he invented  people and collected artifacts, letters, photographs to support their imaginery lives.  Each person would be stored in a manilla envelope in readiness for the day when it was there turn to be boxed.

 

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The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron at Alternatives

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I am just home from day spent with Julia Cameron at Alternatives, London.

This book inspired me some years back when it was offered for sale when I completed the Hoffman Process.   However, it was a year or so later before I actually picked up the book and 6 months after that I decided to make a start on the 12 week programme.  I made a start but didnt finish the entire book, however the morning pages part of the programme I kept up for some while, and then then that wained.

Then Alternative in London posted in their newsletter that Julia was coming to London to teach her programmed in the UK for the first time, I jumped at the chance and today my enthusiasm to complete the 12 weeks has been re-ignited.

For those of you who dont know about the morning pages or the artists dates which form the pivotal tools in creative recovery please follow this link http://www.theartistsway.com/pdfs/basictools.pdf