Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Melanie Tomlinson: Tableaux Sculptures

These printed tin tableaux sculptures by Melanie Tomlinson are pure magic.

Running through my work like threads, are themes from folklore. These allow me to step into another world, to explore the world of the unfamiliar and transform its stories and symbols. The themes and messages in folktales transcend time and culture and are still relevant to our own experiences. - Melanie Tomlinson

I love how some of the the tableaux are automated, she says that finding a small handle and discovering how turning it brings the piece to life is all part of the element of surprise that she enjoys providing. Although not obvious at first, the boxes can also double as secret hiding places for personal treasures.

Images: Melanie Tomlinson


tara - scoutie girl said...

lovely. just lovely. i adore the juxtaposition of modern lines & whimsy!

Mallory said...

these are amazing! i have a small collection of old wind-up tin toys, & these remind me of them... only 2x more fabulous.

Clementine said...

Oh!! Wow. Remarkable.

Kate8085 said...

These are so great!
The bird is so cool!

GmaLi said...

Wow, these are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing Marichelle!

Le farfalle said...

oh boy, this is so pretty

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Oh good god......how on EARTH did I miss this? I am in love....wow.