photo by Tania Covo
I love picture frames and I love the small paintings from the Medieval period. They have an incredible density. They carry so much power and potency in such a small package. This is what I aspire to in my own work. I appreciate Julian Schnabel's bigger than life swagger but the majority of the paintings I love could be slipped into a back pack.
The frame creates a context for the picture to come alive within. Also the frames from this period are almost like furniture on the wall. In fact the joinery is configured in the same way as furniture with mortise and tenon rather than a miter cut joint. You could also say these frames become like a little house for characters in the painting.