Review of Wunderkammer by John Mitchell

Mr. Field’s amazing cabinet of curiosities
By John E. Mitchell
Friday, February 22, 2008

Painter Joshua Field has taken a form of three-dimensional scientific categorization and turned it into a painted meditation on not only the workings of his mind and creativity, but the system by which all creatures create art and ideas. Field has drawn his inspiration from an old style of collection called wunder-kammer, a German word meaning “cabinets of wonder.” Wunderkammers were exactly that — a cabinet that collected various objects for display purposes. Wunderkammers were often used in area of science — natural history and archaeology especially — but also in religion and history. The idea was to bring items together in order to create a framework for them and craft connections.

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