Michael Mew

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Michael Mew grew up in the metropolis of Los Angeles when suburban living was altering American popular culture. In the neighborhoods where he was raised, alleys ran behind the houses to service trash pickups, affording him his first opportunities to collect discards and cast-offs. After completing his degree, Mew's  attraction to found objects turned him into a flea market disciple. He used his weekend treasure hunts to accumulate an impressive archive that became the source for assemblage art he created in the tradition of Joseph Cornell. Mew's assemblage work contained the motifs that had influenced his art studies and his upbringing: Cornelian constructs of birds and star charts, ornate Victorian valentines mixing images of war and Catholic martyrdom with broken romance, and meditations on science and biology.

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