MABEL'S TREASURE BOXES
An on-line exhibition of Mabel D’Amico’s
miniature box constructions.
Mabel D’Amico’s creative level was wide and varied. As a found object construction artist, she utilized materials of many kinds. Not only the flotsam washed up on the beaches but those found on the streets and that which normally would be discarded. She grew up in a world of nineteenth century hand-made sensibilities but matured into the modern age of the twentieth. She was practical and clever.
Upon her death in 1998, her studio revealed treasures that were hidden; either put away from a past exhibition or made simply for enjoyment because she had all the materials and they were too good to discard. She had the power and skill to re-vision objects.
These small boxes were discovered in a pedestal for a larger artwork. Even the pedestal acted a dual function. Most of the boxes are cardboard gift containers altered in some way; cut open, embellished with sand, gold paint and leaf, mirrored, shelled and jeweled. Turning such simple everyday items into hand held dainty blings of art. I understand how she could not resist in creating them.