Project 2016 – ongoing / The Traveling Bookbox Show
An unusual touring exhibition of book-themed shadowboxes. Many are now being housed at The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in California.
“I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dioramas – scenes-in-shoeboxes that often try to capture the essence of books – are a popular kind of elementary school project in the US. I didn’t even know what a diorama was until I moved to Northern California from London 5 years ago, and someone told me I make grown-up versions for a living.
In 2016 I decided to dedicate some time to this old-school art, books in boxes. I wrote a list of the books I’ve loved. I reread some, nearly ruined a few by watching the movie version, all the while looking for particular scenes and feelings that had stayed with me over the years.
In truth what often dawned, was a realisation of how wrongly I remembered the details of each book, but how truly I recalled the lasting impressions. So my slightly-wrong-book-memories have nonetheless woven their magic and meaning into the making of my worldview.
The result is the The Traveling Bookbox Show, an unusual touring art exhibition of sparkling dioramas. Launched in San Francisco in June 2016, I hope the collection delights kiddies of all ages for many years to come, in wonderful spots around the world.
Please contact me if you are interested in hosting the collection in your space.