Something to Do with Your Old Purses and Compacts

By themselves, the miniature nature scenes painstakingly realized by Australian artist Kendal Murray aren’t particularly compelling or provocative — other than an obsessive attention to detail that went into them. But when arranged on found objects, such as old purses and compacts, they take on a hyper-real poignancy, a smaller and more private private Idaho. These dioramas, with their rhyming yet nonsensical titles, appear to have sprung out of the object itself, like little big bangs, for a repurposed raison d’être.



Declare Scare Swear


Discreet Sweet Deceit


Esteem Dream



Foresake Double-Take

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Fun Run Dry Run


Ambition Acquisition


Hide and Seek Sneak Technique


Hound Found Common Ground


Bye Bye Reply Awry


Seaside Stride Pride Confide


Zoom Consume Boom


Come Around Lost or Found


Disguise Surprise


Exclaim Disclaim Ballgame


Face Off Show Off


Humming Forthcoming


Parkland Heartland


Seek Peak So to Speak


Seeker Speaker


Solitary Momentary


Tour Guide Bona Fide Implied


Yield Concealed Afield

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