Its not unusual for women to collect porcelain cats, chalkware, or china. Local artist Jessica Joslins collection of animal bones and antique brass hardware, on the other hand, seems more suited to The Addams Family mansion than a teahouse. I find things anywhere that I find myself, says Joslin. In obscure junk shops, flea markets, attics, taxidermy supply houses, specialty hardware distributors, or walking through the woods. Joslin uses her finds to create fantastic animal sculptures that look like a cross between a Steampunk-style erector set and a Natural History Museum display.
While Joslins busy playing with dead things, Johnson is like a little boy trapping bugs in a jar. His sculptures, inspired by the natural behavior of insects, feature photographic transparencies of bug wings framed in metal and overlaid to visually mimic the sound of a swarm.