The Spell of London, 2015


Kyle L. Poirier, The Spell of London, 2015
acrylic and mixed media with shadow box
10 x 10 in.
Donation to the Kelowna Art Gallery, 2015 Appetite for Art fundraiser.

For the second year, I’ve been invited, as one of 20 artists, to create a shadow box for the Kelowna Art Gallery’s annual fundraiser, Appetite for Art. The size of the frame supplied changed by a couple of inches, but the rules this year were the same. Rule 1: Must incorporate the frame supplied. Rule 2: There are no other rules.

It was interesting to see how each artist approached their shadow box last year. For me, it was fun to experiment with some mixed media when creating In Search of Books and Time.

This year, I once again played with various materials, and chose the theme of old books (a favourite) a red phone booth, and incorporated text from the book: The Spell of London, by H. V. Morton.

“Ah! London, dear London”.

The idea was inspired by a trend in works of art, where illustrations are created on pages of text, whether a page from a story, dictionary or old letters written by hand. Working with a backdrop of text from The Spell of London, which I wrapped the entire frame in, I needed a focal piece that popped and spoke of London. What better icon than a bright red phone booth? Now the idea of filling it with old books was not inspired by London however, but by Cambridge. On our most recent visit, last April (has it really been a year already?!?), my wife came across a red phone booth that had been repurposed as a community ‘take-a-book, leave-a-book’ station. I thought this was brilliant and fitting to work into this piece. Perhaps I should have called it The Spell of Cambridge?

Some detail photos of The Spell of London…