18 x 18 in. on Stretched Canvas
The beginning of a new series -- a twist on the notion of the dream catcher (intended to keep bad dreams from entering slumbering minds), this iteration allows for the careful display of curated memories. Whether you are celebrating an event, a milestone, or an experience -- there is a Dream Keeper for you! Contact us to discuss personalization of your very own for yourself or a loved one.
Size: 3 x 9 in. on Wooden Panel
Marbled mini canvases grouped together for maximum visual effect. Another mixed media option designed for total personalization.
Size 3 x 9 in. on Wooden Panel
Another example of visual merriment rendered in primary colors. The texture of the background is achieved with acrylic paints.
Size: 22 x 27 in. on 18 Canvas Boards and Panels
A feast for the eyes, this piece emulates its title by incorporating various architectural design elements over a background of torn blueprints. It evokes the notion of new vs. old (or construction vs. decay) through the use of various acrylic mediums and tooled metal embellishments.
Size: 16 x 22 in. on Wooden Panel
Both a tribute to the artist's favorite artist and a snapshot of a family (ca. 2011), this piece was the result of a challenge hosted by the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild. Essentially an artists' scavenger hunt, participants were required to used over 25 items from a provided list -- but were only allowed to add 2 things. This piece was featured in Jill K. Berry's book Making Art from Maps (2016, Rockport Publishers)
In keeping with Cornell's use of bird imagery, a rose breasted grossbeak was captured in a windowed tin and layered over a migratory map of its seasonal flight. The tin is adorned with four eggs crafted from polymer clay and numbered like scientific specimens. The numbers correspond to the years of birth for each of the artist's children.
This spiral folded book is hidden in plain sight, almost in the middle of the piece. Constructed from a single cross-section strip of a map of the United States, the end papers feature the cities of Hollywood, CA and Nyack, NY; a nod to Cornell's obsession with Hollywood starlets, yet he rarely ventured far beyond the New York neighborhood where he grew up. The covers of the book are vintage aluminum coasters altered with tooled metal and embellished with a working compass.
Using methods more associated with a jeweler than an assemblage artist, the path of the sun is recreated with varicolored watch faces and assembled using cold connections. The addition of cogged wheels and pointing arms lends to the mechanical feel of this vignette. The claddagh symbol at the center is a familiar motif (love, loyalty, and friendship) for the artist.
Size: 11 x 14 in Mounted in Shadowbox
An early work in assemblage, this hangs in the home of the artist's mother. Layered on a background of torn sheet music, supporting elements bring music and movement to the piece through the use of found objects, glass beads, watercolor pencils, wire and metal, metal and glass embellishments, and a photo of the artist (ca. 1970).