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Cabinet of Curiosities

Inventory of Memory Matchbox 2017-2018


What is your wonder cabinet? How would you like to visualize your mini-museum of wonders?


Double Exhibition Upstairs Gallery and Proof Gallery, Distillery District of Toronto on Sep. 2018


Ele Willoughby ‘Polycephaly Specimen No. 1-10’ (linocut on washi) My ‘Polycephaly Specimen’ each represent a miniature wunderkammer, known for their collections of natural history along with elements of the fantastic. Each matchbox contains one collaged and block printed two-headed turtle, both natural and extraordinary. Polycephaly is multiple headedness, which occurs naturally, especially in reptiles. Each turtle rests on a tiny pillow and each box is covered in images of insects, fossils, fungi, crystals, other turtles, bits of natural history along wiht hints of magic symbols and tarot cards. Willoughby is an artist and a marine geophysicist. Since earning her PhD in physcis in 2003, she has worked as a research scientist in academia and government while simultaneously building her printmaking portfolio, making prints about the history of science, natural history and interactive art, incorporating colour changing or electrically conductive inks and electronics, which straddle the art/science divide. She lives and works in Toronto with her husband and young son. instagram.com/the.minouette


Tina Lam ‘Life: A Simulacra’ (resin, metal) This project aims to give a glimpse into the esotheric world of fantasy and how the latter fuels dreams and nightmares alike. It has a direct reference to the movie Pan’s Labyrinth by director Guillero del Toro, as it depicts a small chimeric creature known as a mandrake in a limbo liminal spate between the imaginary and reality. This project also conflates the boundaries between dreams, wakefulness, death, and life, as the small creature is at once appearing to be alive and sleeping, yet has an uncanny deathly presence that the observer intrudes upon by opening the matchbox. Tina Lam was born and lives Montreal. She graduated Studio Arts at Concordia University. Prior to entering the fine arts, she obtained her PhD in chemistry. She now engages in the creative process by inquiring over memory, fiction, and the various Western and Eastern philosophical tenets that serve to unearth meaning out of what is means to exist. Lam is a currently enrolled MFA student at Cornell University. littledibby@gmail.com


Jon P. and Hea R. Kim ‘What kind of Bird Are You?’ (fibres, beads, digital print) Inspired by the Victorian taxidermied birds; collection, Jon P. illustrates whimsical birds and then Hea transfers images onto the fabric by using dye sublimation technique. Contrast to the past taxidermied birds, these stuffed birds play as a friendly item rather than a decorated object. As the modern day of cabinet of curiosities, this little box has a little touch of fun - you will find out what kind of a bird/person you are when you open the box! Jon and Hea are a South Korean born dynamic duo, partners in life as well as creativity. Jon’s delicate illustration skills are matched by Hea’s water colouring, fibres, and ceramics. jon-p.weebly.com / heakim.weebly.com


Madelaine Lyons Coopere ‘Moscabomba Specimens’ (sculpey, paper) The moscabombus, or bumblefly in common parlance, is a rare insect found in select locations throughout the globe. These hibernating specimens were collected over three decades by Professor Thaddeus X. Zaswick of the Royal Entomological Society during his travels. Although no two identical specimens have been observed, all have distinct colourful wings and large rings surrounding their eyes.With continued care, including the singing of songs and exposure to varied visual stimuli, the insects should emerge from their suspended state within the next two centuries. Care for a hibernating bumblefly is considered a multi-generational project. Madelaine Lyons Coopere creates dream-like paintings, strange creatures, and richly detailed linocut prints and etchings. Growing up with two documentary film editors for parents left her with an enduring interest in storytelling, and the way humans structure our histories. This is evident in much of her work and continues to be a driving force in her practice. She draws inspiration from vintage imagery and artifacts. While at OCAD University she focused on printmaking and began her relationship with relief printing. She currently lives and works in Toronto. instagram.com/mlyonscooper


photo by Mylene Raiche

Mylene Raiche ‘Seven curious magical Treasures’ (mixed media) In this box lie seven curious magical treasures. If kept or transported close to the body, each one of them will bring the carrier a special power: A weaving dipped in dragon slime will bring you strength; A wrapped unicorn bone will bring you courage; A lock of cloud impregnated with mermaid blood will bring you humility; The samara will bring you perspective; A tassel made of angel hair will bring you consciousness; The dust from a shooting star fused with solidified magma is meant to bring you wonder; And finally, an imprint of the creator’s hand will bring you dexterity. Born on the South shore of Montreal, Mylene Raiche is texture-obsessed. She comes from a family where manual labor is highly valued and who passed on the satisfaction of doing things oneself. Mylene is currently pursuing her MFA in Studio Arts - Fibres and Material Practices at the Concordia University where she explores the power of found objects, textile and fiber techniques to transmit a state of mind, an experience, a memory or a feeling. Her meticulously handmade sculptural installations, objects and drawings are means of re-writing history. myleneraiche.com instagram.com/myleneraiche


Arkivists ‘Wunderkammer’ (mixed media) Since the 1500’s adventures have been fascinated with collecting oddities, items from nature, scientific instruments, antiques, plants and cultural items. Collected throughout our adventures in Toronto and abroad, unknown flora, fauna, animals, insects and shells and more end up in our wunderkammers. The Arkivists are a duo of artist-alchemists who gather oddities, beautiful objects and decaying ephemera. A collaboration between Sheila Jonah and Natalie Draz, the arkivists collect, transform and display their own cabinets of curiosities. instagram.com/arkivists


Sachiko Sumi ‘TOTSUKI-TŌKA / Ten months and Ten days’ (mixed media) My main inspirations are the notions of TOTSUKI-TŌKA, the evolution process of life, and the number ’10’. In Japan, it is said that since ancient times, it takes ten months and ten days until the birth of a human child. I interpret each matchbox as a uterus, a mysterious space. A match has the potential of light and energy; a metaphor for a fetus. The fetus is hypothesized to reproduce the evolution of life of 30 billion years during the pregnancy period. In each box, I created an interpretation of the life evolution and its environment. Each box is a meeting point for the transformation and transmission of past and present into the future. Born in Gifu in Japan, Sachiko Sumi has lived in Montreal since 2005. Wonder, Love and Hope are the catalysts and content of Sumi’s work. Her multidisciplinary practice addresses collectivity and individuality in poetic confusions. Her work has been exhibited across Quebec such as Gallery UQÀM, Espace Cercle Carré, Articule in Montreal and AdMare in Madeleine Island. sachikosumi.com


Pam Lobb ‘Cocoon Fragment’ (fibres, paper) Inspired by cicada shells ‘Cocoon Fragment’ is reminiscent of a husk, pod or skin. By monoprinting onto Japanese paper with real leaves, the transferred image of veins creates the impression of a creature previously occupying the cavity. Finding an empty insect shell or crayfish exoskeleton in nature is fascinating because we remember the range of strange creatures out of view. These fabric and paper objects bring to mind a peculiar dweller that has cast off a casing and leaves you to wonder what their current shape and home may be. Pam Lobb is a printmaker and textile artist based in Toronto. She is interested in the use patterns found on textiles and ceramics in regional storytelling and the histories that are developed through personal collections. A graduate of the University of Guelph she has received several awards including the Best Artwork on Paper from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and has attended residencies at Sparkbox Studio and the Vermont Studio Center. She is also a co-founder and the owner of the arts space Graven Feather Studio. pamlobb.ca instagram.com/pamlobb


c. Ele Willoughby

c. Sachiko Sumi

c. Pam Lobb

c. Sachiko Sumi

Madelaine Lyons Coopere photo by Hea R. Kim

the images of work-in-the progress from the artists

c. Ele Willoughby

c. Arkivists


c. Arkivists

c. Mylene Raiche

c. Jon&Hea c. Tina Lam

c. Jon&Hea

c. Tina Lam

c. Mylene Raiche


‘Curious Fauna’ Upstairs Gallery Distillery District of Toronto


Proof Gallery Distillery Distric of Toronto


Inventory of Memory Natalie Draz, Hea R. Kim (co-founder & co-curator) @inventoryofmemory catalogue design (illustration & layout) by @jon_p_art

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Cabinet of Curiosities  

What is your wonder cabinet? How would you like to visualize your mini-museum of wonders? The project includes the work of resulting in th...

Cabinet of Curiosities  

What is your wonder cabinet? How would you like to visualize your mini-museum of wonders? The project includes the work of resulting in th...

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