For artist Darryl Cox, thinking outside the box is a process that's as literal as it is figurative. Through the creation of his Fusion Frames, he blurs the line between what's organic and what's manipulated by merging traditional frames with branches and roots collected from the forests of central Oregon.
By defying expectations, Cox participates in a process of "creating art that is distinctive and intricate, yet in its truest sense, uncomplicated."
The effect he achieves forces viewers to reimagine pieces that typically complement art as works of art in and of themselves.
The project was born out of Cox's love of frames. The irony is that they often go unnoticed, even though they place important boundaries around the miniature universes of creative work.
"I have always been drawn to frames," he writes, "especially antiques. Using frames of all types makes my Fusion Frames that much more interesting. The solid construction, weathered patinas, and unique details exhibit such character."
With each frame, he strives to marry two objects together that would otherwise exist on separate planes. According to the artist, "Dedicating hours of time to fashioning a frame that merges man-made and natural elements into a piece of art that captures the imagination is rewarding."
"My Fusion Frame art fulfills the part of me that says 'no' to convention," he writes. By questioning the status quo of artistic axioms, he invites us to do the same.