‘Berlin 2009’ is a wonderful piece of assemblage art by contemporary artist Claire Newman-Williams.
Mixed Media Assemblage Illuminated Box
Claire Newman-Williams’ story boxes are intended to be like inner landscapes, addressing the recurrent themes of the smothering of identity and our fear of being seen – truly seen by those around us. Claire Newman-Williams sources the boxes themselves from auctions and house clearances and the contents of the box are her own photography.
“I found a box of old magic lantern slides encased in lovely old glass frames at an auction and they just captured my imagination. I began thinking of ways that I could illuminate them in a way that would re-create that sort of vignetted, almost cinematic effect that they would have had originally and came up with the idea of creating little boxes to put them in. Once I started taking the slides apart I realised I could use the vintage glass, print my own imagery on a transparent substrate, add in some diffusion and thus the illuminated boxes were born! The first boxes were made of mdf and painted, but then I saw some really beautiful walnut wood, thought it would look great and I’ve been using it ever since.”