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the Doge Assemblage

In Assemblages by Mark Evans

The Doge assemblage is an example of how one thing spurs inspiration. I bought a miniature chair off the internet and when it arrived I flipped over how it looked like one of those over-the-top Venetian baroque/rococo gilded thrones. Putti rampant, indeed! After giving the chair a more weathered finish I paired it with an old toy from years ago. …

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the Dimitri Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Dimitri convex mirror is composed of and old frame that I refurbished with gold and silver metal leaf. The gold areas have a base of crimson bole that flash from the seams of the leaf. Each of the rays has a recessed area that is silver. The frame is covered with a thick layer of gold and clear Venetian …

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the Hephaesteon Assemblage

In Assemblages by Mark Evans

The Hephaestion assemblage is a mixed media tribute to Alexander the Great's most important lover and friend. It is composed of a quartz crystal tower surmounted by a silvered ball and a gilded figure of a Greek warrior. The base is surrounded by bones evoking the terrible carnage of conquest( no matter how glamorous the leading general)and the extravagant funeral ...
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the Spring Equinox Assemblage

In All, Assemblages by Mark Evans

The Spring Equinox assemblage is a fanciful depiction of an equal split between light and dark that happens to the earth between spring and summer. Made from a split toy ostrich( gold and silver), cast resin jewels and two hunks of resin crystals colored cognac and clear, this mixed media object is a metaphor for one of the earth's timeless ...
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the Camelot Convex Mirror

In All by Mark Evans

Camelot is a castle and court associated with the legendary King Arthur. Absent in the early Arthurian material, Camelot first appeared in 12th-century French romances and, since the Lancelot-Grail cycle, eventually came to be described as the fantastic capital of Arthur’s realm and a symbol of the Arthurian world. It is not certain that Camelot existed. What is certain is that the …

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The Pyramus and Thisbe Mirrors

In All by Mark Evans

The Pyramus and Thisbe mirrors are constructed using orphaned sconces that I repurposed into these two jewel- like mirrors. Thisbe is silver and Pyramus is gold. Each are gilded then layers of Venetian glass rods are thickly applied. The “mirror” is actually a cabochon backed with a mirror….The “mirror with no reflection”. Each is 12 inches long. They are presently …

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Dante and Beatrice Convex Mirrors

In All by Mark Evans

The Dante and Beatrice convex mirrors are the result of taking well shaped but flimsy frames and making them solid and encrusted with miles of Venetian glass rods. The thickness of the glass gives each mirror a richness and depth that I love. Dante has citrine spheres orbiting the center of the mirror. Each frame is around 10 inches in …

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the Bhramani Assemblage

In Assemblages by Mark Evans

The Bhramani assemblage is a small world where the wasp is king. A combination of a gilded wasp model, a miniature chair and an Coturnix egg, this assemblage refers to death, power and rebirth. On a lighter note, its an odd, almost comic take on the pomposity of symbols of any kind. An inspiration for this comes from the illustrations …

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Through the Looking Glass

In Assemblages by Mark Evans

The Through the Looking Glass assemblage is a riff on the stories of Lewis Carroll( 1832-1898), specially Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll wrote about a fantastical world seen through the eyes of Alice. Children, adults and the artists of the Surrealistic movement(!) found joy and inspiration in his work. My assemblage is composed of a miniature mirror with the back …