I love art and I love collections. I especially love art made from a collection. Irene Briant’s exhibition at Bett Gallery in North Hobart, Collected Pieces, contained a variety of found objects, assemblages and displays that really hit the spot.
I don’t know why a random display of small, everyday objects appeals to my eyes so much.
There’s a sense of wonder about the history, the provenance, of each piece. And it’s fascinating to see what new shapes and objects can be created from old ones.
I’m also impressed when an accumulation of such disparate, nondescript objects (a hair clip, a pencil shaving, a used round of toy gun caps) can together create a cohesive whole. There might be a lesson in that.