These five miniature paintings were inspired by the tradition of cabinets of curiosity and the ‘Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’ by Frances Glessner Lee.

They represent the small stretch of Suffolk countryside made famous by John Constable and are the also deposition sites of the Ipswich Murders. Framed in antique Indian shrines, they seek to explore how trauma can define the sacred and how painting can act as a means to mediate our emotional responses to events.

Held in the permanent collection of the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, California, read more on these paintings in Matthew Bowman’s ‘Witnessing and Trauma in Robert Priseman’s SUMAC here in an ‘Art of England’ magazine article titled ‘SUMAC’ here and in an interview with Robert Priseman in Dazed Digital here.

Buy a copy of the SUMAC book here or download a pdf here