life under glass

What is an ephemerarium?

What is an Ephemerarium? It’s a place to put things. In the spirit of a Victorian horticultural glass house or Crystal Palace, it is a place to display my carefully tended specimens. It magnifies natural light, collects heat, and functions as a kind of public grow-op for my artmaking.

Ephemerarium is a place for me to put things together that are–in everyday life–all over the place and all over time, especially the work I do with collage, drawing, film, social research, and libraries. I hope Ephemerarium will develop into a kind of organic system: a vast cabinet, with many drawers, each full of boxes and folders and vials, containing scraps of various printed and organic matter, preserved under glass, pressed between pages, or held fast under wax.

–Claire Dannenbaum, revised November 2013



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June 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm

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