Play and mystery are main ingredients in your Reliquary Box made in Grace Gunning's studio. The boxes evoke a time one has had as a child, lost in a world of ones own. The rolling balls in the lid of each box have a mesmerizing dreamy effect like that of water. Images range from interactive, to plaintive, to spiritual to downright odd. Patinaed copper gives the boxes a solid warmth.
After years of working primarily with glass, Grace Gunning found old 1890's metal forming machines and began to experiment with a very heavy gauge of copper, hoping to learn to form a box. It took a year or so to teach herself the techniques that are all but lost in this very modern world. In time the boxes, eached formed one at a time, became more than just boxes. Although the word Reliquary means ' a receptacle for treasures ', Grace hopes she's created a treasure to hold your treasures.
Growing up in Blacklick, Ohio in the late 50's and early 60's as a Quaker and moving to N.Y.C. as a teenager in the later 60's gave Grace the sense that life is whackier than we can even imagine.
In her studio in upstate N.Y. , along the mighty Hudson River, past meets present. Through the work of play and the play of work, and these marvelous old machines, Grace brings you her Reliquary Boxes.
Rhinecliff, New York