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Shaw Stuart

Tower Bridge, Plaster, wood, 64" x 39" x 22", $4,500
Column #7, 1987, Plaster, wood, 83" x 16" x 12", $1,200
Contained Space, Plaster, wood, 18" x 12" x 4", $750
Drawing #16, Paper, pencil, threadline, 10" x 8" x 1", $550
Drawing #18, Paper, pencil, threadline, 10" x 8" x 1", $550
Drawing #22, Paper, pencil, threadline, 10" x 8" x 1", $550
Drawing #24, Paper, pencil, threadline, 10" x 8" x 1", $550
Drawing #26, Paper, pencil, threadline, 10" x 8" x 1", $550
Drawing #28, Paper, pencil, threadline, 10" x 8" x 1", $550
It's Not My Cup of Tea, Porcelain, rose thorns, 18" x 18" x 10", $975
Portal, Plaster, wood, 7' x 5' x 5', $10,000
Relic of a Relationship, Mixed media, 10" x 4" x 4", $975
Relic of a Seed Pod, Mixed media, 12" x 4" x 4", $975
Relic of Spring, Mixed media, 10" x 13" x 1", $975
Relic of the Sea, Mixed media, 10" x 13" x 1", $975
Tea by the Sea, Porcelain, etc., 18" x 18" x 10", $975
Tea in the Rain, Porcelain, etc., 18" x 18" x 10", $975
Tower of Sighs, Architectural folly, variable, Site specific installation

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Artist Statement

My sculpture career spans almost 45 years. The first group of images show the large architectural pieces that were the focus of my work in the 80's and 90's. This culminated in the "Tower of Sighs" which was built at The Stamford Museum and Nature Center with an Artist's Grant from the CT Commission of the Arts. This was preceded by smaller plaster and wood pieces in a group titled "Contained Spaces" which consisted of poured plaster in various configurations in wooden frames that showed the process of making the work. The plaster could be textured, incised and cut in these frames. This lead to my wanting to see some of the architectural elements that developed such as arches and columns jump to a larger life- size scale. Prior to that I made a series of porcelain tea sets in plexiglass boxes. Each tea set had been put in a setting that desecrated it is some way; being invaded by sea creatures, dissolving in the rain, or covered by rose thorns in "It's Not My Cup of Tea." These in retrospect were making a feminist statement.

In recent years I have made a group of reliquaries containing not bones of saints but simple things from nature such as seeds, rose hips, shells and thorns. This group is titled "Reverence For Nature".

Because of a recent disability, I now make drawings using paper, thread and pencil line.

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