I’m a huge fan of Anna Corba’s work, and the recent (Best of) Artist’s Café from Somerset Studio contains a 2006 article about her, with some great pictures of her deconstructed books. She incorporates so many elements so seamlessly, and I would love to be able to do that.
When I first started playing with mixed media, the term “found object” made me crazy. Found where? What the heck is that? How do I get some??? So, as I’ve learned more and figured some of it out; I’m getting better at identifying pieces used by artists I really admire.
I’ll share some of the ones I see here. Click on each picture for a closer look.
The recurring pieces throughout this series include string outlines, vintage photos, mother-of-pearl buttons, fabric trim, game pieces and botanical illustrations.
Anna uses a variety of old paper: music, receipts, advertisements, postcard backs, title pages from old books and the photographer information from the backs of old Cabinet Cards or CDVs.
In the picture above, that little glass vial in the bottom half originally stored watch parts. Did you notice the 2 different styles of dominoes and the little strip of music behind the girl’s head?
I love the CDV album pages used here, as well as the hinge to combine them, and the skeleton leaf over the woman’s face. You’ll also see MOP buttons, and a botanical illustration; those are vintage French postage stamps on the bottom. I think the number 5 might be on a cow tag. You often see those in brass; sometimes painted white in a smaller size.
In this picture, you can really see the original book used as a base for the entire piece. Velvet leaves with mother-of-pearl buttons, metal key with a hot-pink bow. One of the botanical illustrations is upside down – I have to remember that the next time I’m trying to balance a piece. The round wooden numbers are from a Lotto game – like Bingo without the B-I-N-G-O, so they’re very adaptable. I think those red & black pieces might be checkers…
On the top picture, that’s a mother-of-pearl buckle with ribbon through it and a hat pin all the way on the right. The album page has been turned sideways and looks like it’s attached with paper clips. There’s one black photo corner anchoring the photo.
On the bottom, a CDV is sticking out of a library pocket, another French stamp, dice and a playing card.
Here, the cabinet card photo has a small botanical illustration on one child and a watch face on the other. I also see a velvet leaf, MOP button, little glass vial, wooden printer’s letter and another tea bag.
Notice the music background is upside down? There’s also a French invoice, buttons, trim, hat pins and black photo corners. I think the image of the woman might be the photographer information from the back of a picture.
Ok, that’s it for me…what did you spot?