ROA’s curiosity cabinets

With his interpretation of the curiosity cabinet, Belgian street artist ROA wants to start a dialogue about human interaction with nature and the environment: the manipulatable and interactive works enact the people’s exploring curiosity and the particular object itself refers to the urge to knowledge of the modern man, who’s inevitably a scientist.

His installation reproduces a larger cabinet of the scientist-doctor as an overall experimental lab on animal speciesany: many of the pieces have props such as little skulls, veterinary tools,etc..the boxes can slide open and flip over, showing new sections of the animal, as a hiding mirror image.

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Installation at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol for the exhibition “Unnatural Natural History, 23 September 2012.

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Bristol Head Cabinet, 2013, enamel on mixed media.

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Cabinet N.4- Bird Parts, 2013, mixed media on found objects.

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Puerto Rico Iguana, 2013, enamel on mixed media.

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Pescara Skulls, 2013, anamel on mixed media.

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Cabinet d’oiseaux, 2013, enamel on mixed media.

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