Picture this: it's 2019, and I get a call from my friend at Neiman Marcus (yeah, the fancy shmancy brand). She had a totally last minute art installation opening at their flagship store in Dallas, TX, and she thought my art would be the perfect fit! Cue the happy dance! The only issue? I didn't have enough pieces to fill the space.
But then, an idea hit me like Cupid's arrow - I wanted to showcase the quirky, "shallow" side of my personality. And with Valentine's Day candies hitting the shelves in January, it all clicked. I decided to take all the witty one-liners in my head and put them on display for the world to see.
Thus, my latest art series was born - inspired by the iconic Valentine's Day candies, Conversation Hearts! You know the ones - "Be Mine," "Cutie Pie," "Love Bug." But did you know these little gems were born in a pharmacy way back in 1847?
Yep, a dude named Oliver R. Chase was cutting medications when he suddenly had a brilliant idea: what if he used the same machine to make candy? Swap out the meds with sugar and flavoring, and boom - the first candy machine was born! But the real magic happened when Oliver's brother, Daniel Chase, created a machine to stamp messages on the heart-shaped candies. And just like that, the world was blessed with conversation hearts.
And thanks to that fated phone call I got a chance to take their idea to the next level and bring these candies to the world of fine art. You are welcome and equally, I am sorry!
- Christopher Box