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.