As any grown-up trying to maintain order in a house full of children and animals knows, the brink of disaster is never more than a footstep away. But to Rachel Atlas, an assistant curator at RISD's Nature Lab, celebrating life's chaos can be as intriguing as trying to hide it away. So when her dog chewed up many of her children's toys, she saw a beauty in the deconstructed figures and turned them in to unique works of art.To other toys in the house, the series of shadowboxes she created that line her stairway may serve as a macabre warning, but to the rest of us, they are an artful reminder that life shouldn't be taken too seriously and almost everything has creative potential if you know how to see it. Stay tuned next week for a full tour of Rachel's lovely collection-filled home.
Images: Sarah Rainwater