“Cabinet of Curiosities”, Arts Council of Lincoln County.
Imagine a world without TV, computers, and phones. How would you entertain your guests after dinner? Or spend time without these devices? Cabinet of curiosities, also known as cabinets of wonder, was the aristocrat’s solution for entertainment. They were described as a collection of notable objects. These collections ranged from small drawers to entire rooms. They included carefully curated objects such as those belonging to natural history, geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art (including cabinet paintings), and antiquities. Though some cabinets were meant for scientific studies, others were in spirit, a place of the imagination.
Greatly moved by the natural world and the wonders that may only exist in the mind’s eye, Stacey Pilkington-Smith created her own Cabinet of Curiosities. Through these many mixed media artworks, the viewer is whisked away to discoveries untold and fascinations unaware.