Beyond the Pale at The Creeping Museum
Danielle Schlunegger-Warner’s Beyond the Pale installation opened in our Little Free Library gallery as a series of Category 5 hurricanes flooded cities and left a swath of destruction in their wakes. The miniature drowned world she created - a Victorian study filled with books, specimens, maps, and other tools used by humankind to make sense of the natural world, flooded and reclaimed by the sea - inspires both wonder and dread as it foreshadows a not-so-distant future. Repeat Creeping Museum visitors may recognize the tiny 1:12 scale replica of Danielle’s “Frozen Island” bell jar from our previous Ghost Stories exhibition.
As part of the installation, Danielle curated a special selection of books for distribution in our Little Free Library. Each title echoes the themes of the miniature world she’s building in our gallery: Our ongoing struggle to understand and conquer the natural world, and the unfathomable changes that are coming within this lifetime.
Beyond the Pale is on view in our tiny North Portland gallery (3 blocks east of the Q Center) through the end of October.