Just back from a full day at the coast helping my daughter, but thought I'd at least post a couple detail pictures of the Queen's Cabinet of Curiosities, as promised (in case you were waiting breathlessly :).
Still hard to see, I see, but inside the black box with the glass door on it (if you look very closely), there is a mummified mouse, a true rarity in our damp climate. Look under the rusted butterfly wing to TRY to see him. All his skin remains completely intacted. In retrospect, it would have been fun to have wrapped him in some tea-dyed linen so he looked more like a mummy.
I really wish you could see this in person as there is so much that can't be relayed with these small pictures...all the bits of letters glued inside the tiny shelves, the headless angel with a dragon's tail, the woman looking out through the brass stencil apostrophe, the crackled eggs, the lead type spelling out "Curiouser and Curiouser" and melted candles. You get the idea though. It was definitely a fun piece to create.
If you are in this area, the opening of the Wild Woman show is Saturday night at River Gallery (see address above listed under Shows) 7-10 p.m.
(Details of Queen's Cabinet of Curiosities, copyright Diane Lou 2009)