Artist-in-residence Judith Hoffman makes artist books and pinhole cameras (among other creative endeavors). In experimenting with various photographic techniques, she has found the museum, its exhibits, and little worlds to be an inspiring subject. The results capture a dreamy essence of the museum. She says:
Spirits under Glass: The Zymo 127 Project
We all know, at least in theory, that life is not static. Change occurs constantly and the world is new again and again. The
Zymoglyphic Museum is the perfect example of this. Its displays are
constantly evolving. The museum staff doesn't try to fight this trend;
instead, they embrace it. Many of the displays contain objects that are
rusty, or made of dirt or decaying objects. There is no effort to
stabilize the displays. Things decay as time passes. Little pools of
rust or dirt fall around the base of some of the objects and become as
much a part of the museum as the original object. Dust, cobwebs and
blown-in leaves accumulate.
When it's not open for visitors, the Zymoglyphic Museum is a dark and shadowy place. Light comes in a single window and illuminates a jumble of mysterious objects waiting to be placed in their display cases. With their interior lights off, the dioramas are dark windows, with
shadowy figures behind.
Over the years the museum has taken on its own personality, just as
each person does. It is made of some deep thoughts, some random junk
and some accumulated stuff that may or may not be valuable. It is a
place to meditate on life and death. The exhibits are not about
"Xenophora", for example, but about how life progresses, its wonders
and mysteries, how we change over the years, becoming both wiser and a
little crusty, and how even the lowliest insect or a decayed leaf can be
beautiful and mysterious.