Van Gogh Series Visitors From A Starry Night Mahogany Keepsake Box

Van Gogh Series Visitors From A Starry Night Mahogany Keepsake Box
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Manufacturer: Cafe Press
Price: $31.99



General Description

  • 5.5" x 5.5" x 2.25"  Frame with a 4.25" x 4.25" Ceramic Tile Insert on the Lid
  • Mahogany Colored Solid Hardwood Frame with High-Gloss Lacquer Finish
  • Tile Designed from Van Gogh's "Starry Night" Painting
  • Interior Fully Lined in Velvet
  • Felt Covered Bottom
  • Spring-Loaded Hinged Lid Stays Open Without Tipping and Snaps Closed Securely
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  • This mesmerizing "Visitors From A Starry Night" Keepsake Box features one of Wanda Hope Carter's favorite design concepts of taking a copyright free image of a Van Gogh painting and transforming elements of it in part or in whole into something completely different according to how she is inspired by the painting.

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Creative Ideas for Display and Use of Your Keepsake Box

Keepsake boxes are perfect for stylishly storing jewelry, small office supplies, small treasures and mementos. This "Visitors From A Starry Night" design will complement any decor in your home, dorm room or workspace. While many can see the concepts Wanda Hope Carter intentionally suggests in this design it may look like something completely different to each person who views it. Instead of images that represent visitors from space, many see fish and waves. It will surely capture you and your guest's fancy and stir your imagination to become a long lasting conversation piece that will be valued as much as or more than what you keep inside.

Although it is perfect as a gift all by itself, it also makes a wonderful container of any other small present you might wish to give someone special. Or you can tuck a note inside expressing your sentiments for the receiver. "Will Do" promises written on small pieces of paper for the person to redeem at a later date are always popular gifts and this box makes a perfect place for them. It will be useful to and appropriate for men, women, teens or older children.

Product History

The Van Gogh Series - Visitors From A Starry Night

"Visitors From a Starry Night" is inspired by and created from Van Gogh's infamous "Starry Night", painted in 1889 while he was voluntarily living in the asylum in Saint-Remy. That what may have been the most difficult year of his life drove him to produce perhaps his most famous and beloved painting, is a testament to the manner in which he chose to deal with his inner demons. During this time he became interested in painting the firmament and other nature scenes in a manner that sings praise to Creation. He utilized his visual imagery method to accomplish this work on the subject. Whether intentional or not it seems representative of his personal need to find the light in his own darkness. During this time not only did he discover the luminous power of darkness, he also found the essence of its very being to express in his unique developing brand of symbolism while juxtaposing its constancy balanced with flux and tapping its sheer vitality all at once.

The elements of Van Gogh's "Starry Nights" painting reminds Wanda Hope Carter of something that her mother has continually told her throughout her lifetime, that being to "Keep looking up!" Van Gogh's spectacular display of the stars lighting up the darkness to her represented the light of God that her mother was referring to with her reminder to look towards something higher and greater than oneself. Any contemplation of the heavenly skies brings to her mind anomalies that she has seen in the skies over the years. Today we look at the stars and wonder about the same natural and spiritual aspects that Van Gogh and his contemporaries did in his time. Now we have been exposed to the possibility that earth is being or has been visited by aliens to the point that it has become a mainstream subject of curiosity. This made her wonder if Van Gogh had seen unusual activity in the sky if he would have captured it with his paint brushes and canvases and that set her off her decision to create "Visitors From a Starry Night."

Using a picture of Van Gogh's painting, her design grew to include three central objects that were created into a shape that could be seen as either space ships or aliens depending on the observers own inner vision of them. Some have even said their view of the objects fluctuates between the two depending on which elements in the shapes they focus on. These central figures are surrounded by swirls of night and light which are translations of the swirling cosmos and the fluidity and denseness of space. The grid work becomes a net superimposed over the celestial elements to contain them away from us and separate them into sections of time and space because they are too vast for human kind to take in as a whole. The image is at once dreamy and detailed causing one to gaze with an active imagination to interpret the design. It speaks of the wonderment of the universe and the unknown secrets it contains.

Van Gogh has always been one of Wanda Hope Carter's favorite artists and after she visited Europe and saw large collections of his work in Amsterdam, he decidedly became her most favorite. Because of the turbulent times in her life she feels a connection to his troubled soul and how he reached out in unconventional methods to express the emotions that he found in all things.

She says of his paintings, "Van Gogh's paintings are mesmerizing when viewed in person. They are a shock to the soul. The intensity of each brush stroke cries out with profound sadness and pain or the pleading for salvation from them. I could barely tear myself away from the treasured time to gaze upon them with my own eyes. I was drawn into a world that I recognized where the stark reality of the imperfections of life seek to be seen and sympathized with and where at other times they are revered and even celebrated. His subjects project an underlying sadness if not utter madness yet they somehow presented themselves in a thing of beauty as the final outcome of the experience. This transformation process feels like what has happened to me along the way throughout my lifetime. To be able to reach into the pain and struggles of life and find a way to turn them into something that in the end will uplift every one they reach is what my work represents for me as well. I can't help but want to interact with his images and allow them to play in my own mind in a way that turns our combined experience with darkness into a unique light. To use unconventional methods and create unexpected images from his work feels both appropriate and healing at the same time. The simplicity of each brush stroke is deeply expressive and meaningful, and this reminds me of the lines in "To Achieve Your Dreams Remember Your ABCs." But when combined, they collectively portray not only a stunning image but also a powerful message that touches souls and stirs the imagination. It is my hopes that the result of all of my work might do the same." 

The images found on her designs may include the painting in whole or in part. At times even tiny snippets of pixels may be all that are used. That it originates from something which speaks to her is what matters the most and that she takes it in to make it into something new that is solely of her own design is what makes it a tribute. 



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