Flash Flood inside a Cabinet

Flash Flood - from Weather Specimens by Elly MacKay

The fox family of lilac glen had grown accustomed to early spring floods. It was a thing they were willing to endure. For the floods greened the fields and reminded them that the smell of blossoms would soon fill the air.

Last night Simon, my brother and some friends joined me for the opening of a show that I was apart of… the contemporary art fair, upArt at the Gladstone Hotel. The image of the Flash Flood above is a photograph of one of the 9 worlds contained in a cabinet that my husband lovingly helped me to build. It was great to get back down to Toronto but I think we will have to stay longer next time. It was a bit of a whirlwind. However, we did get out for some great Vietnamese food on Bloor, did a wee bit of shopping and of course went to a great opening. If you are in Toronto this weekend, it is worth the $5 cover to get in. I really enjoyed all the collections on display at the Gladstone. Britt Welter-Nolan and Laura Berazadi did a fantastic job putting it all together.

Here is my piece for the show! The cabinet materials are birch ply and reclaimed wood, yupo paper and ink layers, bottle upon bottle of crazy glue, wire, 9 rounded glass eye pieces, library drawer labels, and a sandblasted glass back to allow light to enter.  The cabinet and weather specimens, plus a vintage barometer, and photographic print in an antique frame are going for $2175. I will have it for sale in my etsy shop in the coming weeks.

Weather Specimens Cabinet by Elly MacKay
Looking into the Cabinet at the Gladstone Hotel



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