‘Specimen’ is a wonderful piece of assemblage art by contemporary artist Claire Newman-Williams.
Mixed Media Assemblage Box
Combining original photographic images, usually portraits that Claire Newman-Williams creates with old cameras and alternative processes, with found objects. She creates collages layered and arranged in antique wooden boxes. These 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 the ephemera of everyday life, the junk that others throw away: old book covers, flakes of old textured paint, strips of leather, old nails, snippets of newspaper from years past. Vintage glass slide casings cover the photographic portraits giving the viewer the impression that they are being looked at from behind a window. The viewer becomes the viewed.