HOOKE'S FLEA

Cabinets of curiosities were a marriage of science and art which also combined the strange and the exotic to create a perfect world in miniature. Collectors believed the world could be captured in a box, or a book like Robert Hooke's seventeenth century’s 'Micrographia' with its magnified observations, the most famous of which was the flea, here secured by a giant pin reassessing its scale with the viewer.

HOOKE'S FLEA

(2009) textiles, wood, polystyrene, paint, shellac: 560 x 560 x 220 mm

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