Melrose artist Clint Chadsey transforms boxes from simple to surreal

Former mail carrier Clint Chadsey of Melrose now delivers messages in his box assemblages and collages.
Former mail carrier Clint Chadsey of Melrose now delivers messages in his box assemblages and collages.Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

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For years, Clint Chadsey delivered bags of letters as a carrier for the Postal Service.

Now retired, the Melrose resident places different kinds of letters into old wooden boxes to form intricate “art in a box.’’

Using bits and pieces of “just about anything that’s caught my eye“ at yard sales, flea markets, or antique shows, Chadsey creates complex, surrealistic art known as box art or assemblage.

“Whit, Whimsey . . . Whatever,’’ Chadsey’s retrospective exhibition, was featured throughout June at the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at Marblehead’s Abbot Library.

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