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Shattuck Gallery ~ Vermont
(Carolyn Shattuck)

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Victoria Crain, Visual Art Review: " If you are a book lover, you will reach for them. If you admire art with the mark of the artist’s hand, Shattuck’s books will please you. These pieces are three-dimensional ways of looking at ideas. More than sculpture, not books in the usual sense, Shattuck’s creations create visual narrative. Some have words, but not all. Some are books whose pages turn. Others, though, unfold, expanding with variety and drama. …Shattuck’s book art is ingenious, meticulous and thoughtful. It is sometimes funny, sometimes filled with mourning. Of her inventive process, she says that her ideas ruminate in the backroom of her brain, organize themselves, and come to her complete: shape, color, materials and words simultaneously. Then she goes to work."
He Had No Words
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, [2015]. Edition of 20.

10.25 x 9", closed, single opening. Pop-ups. Papers: premium presentation matte, Ultra premium photo paper, Lama Li. Bound in black paper-covered boards. Slipcased. Numbered.

Carolyn Shattuck: "Elderly people, like my father, who suffer from Dementia become estranged from their families. He Had No Words is a visual expression of his distorted thinking. Words and letters are jumbled as seen in the coil that is interwoven in the pop-up landscape. The central structure is his apartment with the blue shadow on the floor representing a lost love. The upper right flap opens to a figure withdrawn from his home and his life."

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Jazz Modern
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, [2015]. Edition of 25.

4.5 x 10.5 x 10.5" rotating ring flexagon. Inkjet printed on Epson Matte digital paper. Varies in colors and patterns. Varnish finish applied. Numbered.

Carolyn Shattuck: "Jazz Modern is a flexagon , book structure that expresses the Art Deco movement of the 1920’s and 30’s. Art Deco grew out of the austerity of post-World War 1 and the Decorative Society founded in France in 1900. The movement drew inspiration from many fields including geometry, machinery, botany, nationalism, and color. These ideas were translated into furniture, flatware, interior design, and architecture to create a powerful and beautiful aesthetic. This rotating flexagon also depicts women in fashionable attire. In a time of economic depression, Art Deco offered a symbol of hope and fantasy. The term Art Deco originated in the 1960’s from earlier names such as Jazz Style and Jazz Modern.

"This book structure can be handled and rotated. The paper is protected with a varnish finish. It celebrates the beautiful designs of this era."


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The Quilts of Gee's Bend
Vol. 2

By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio. Edition of 25.

3.5 x 8.5 x 8.5" rotating ring flexagon. Inkjet printed on Epson paper.

Carolyn Shattuck: "Remarkable works of art, from a tradition that dates back four generations, are made by women who live in a rural African American Alabama community. The goal was to improvise with established designs to create a unique composition. Materials such as old clothes, cornmeal sacks, denim jeans, and fabrics that fit the color palette were used. The book honors the unnamed women who made these unusual and stunning quilts."

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The Blame Game
Winning Excuses and Strategies on and off the Court

By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Gallery, 2008. Open Edition.

5.25" round closed; 5.25 x 13" open. Slinky toy construction. Inkjet printed on Epson Premium Gloss photo paper.

Carolyn Shattuck: "A collection of excuses players rely upon when the score is not in their favor. The excuses are purposeful, unique, and reveal an astonishing array of ridiculous sayings. It is considered bad form to send a message to your partner that he/she will have to carry you in the match because of ailments. The Blame Game reveals another dimension to the sport. The book is shaped like a tennis ball and becomes a kinetic when opened."

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Secret Home & Garden
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, 2008. Edition of 100.

6 x 6" origami style box-shaped book folded from one sheet of paper with inserted photographs. Radiant white watercolor and moriki paper. Wrapped with a bandoleer with paper title label and velcro closure.

The unspoken feelings between a father and mother create a less than optimal environment to nurture five children.

Carolyn Shattuck: "A story of a family from the 50’s that yearned for the better life but couldn’t overcome some obstacles. The five siblings adapt to the trauma and find ways to cope. The reader can choose the ending. The impetus originated from the death of my father."

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Too Much Order
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, 2008. Open edition.

6.5 x 8.75" closed; 4 pages. Two double-page pop-ups. Collage of monotype remnants photographed then printed on enhanced matte digital paper. The cover, with paper title label tipped on, is Lama Li Bright paper. Oversized band closure.

Carolyn Shattuck: "Too Much Order is a fable about fear inhibiting one’s actions. The characters are Mr.& Mrs. Scaredy-Pants who live in an enclosed perfectly neat and ordered environment. Their world is flung apart when they venture outside….The pop-up engineering of the shard-like chaos outside is contrasted with the rectangular pop-up house....

"I wanted to experiment with paper engineering of the pop-up book and work with digital imaging. The original assemblage was derived from scrap monotypes. The figures, Mr. & Mrs. Scaredy-Pants, evolved from my work with Puritan imagery and childhood memories."
(Last four copies)

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Too Much Sugar
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Gallery, 2008. Edition of 100.

10 x 5" closed; 10 x 10 x 2.75" open. Pop-up construction. Collaged monotypes photographed and digitally printed on Enhanced Matte paper and Lami Li paper. Slips into wraparound sleeve, which opens slightly, stands upright, and can be used to support the book.

Carolyn Shattuck: "Relates a story of Mr. & Mrs. Sugar-Pants, who dine on a rooftop apartment every evening. Even though they eat a healthy diet, they play a game of hide and seek with each other for the chocolate treats. A terrible predicament occurs."
$200 (Last 3 copies)

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Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Gallery , 2007. Edition of 100.

11.5 x 5.75" closed; 11.5 x 11.5 x 5.5" open. Pop-up book printed on enhanced matte digital paper. Clear-Lay archival film used in pop-up construction. Bound in Lama Li bright paper. Housed in paper sleeve.

Carolyn Shattuck: "A story of two people in their quest to reach spiritual enlightenment by controlling their bodies and minds. Mr. Yoga-Pants vigorously cleans with chemicals in his search for serenity and Mrs. Yoga-Pants practices meditation through breathing and postures. Their practices steer them on a collision course. Can they co-exist? The pop-up book opens as a rooftop patio. It rests on a standing sleeve which also acts as a canal running beneath their house in the Florida Keys."
(Last three copies)

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Happiness I
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, 2005. One-of-a-Kind.

8 x 6"; 4 leaves. Double-sided accordion with three double-page pop-ups printed on Fabriano Ingres paper. Materials: paint, etching ink, markers; ribbon. In paper slipcase.

Carolyn Shattuck: "Happiness is a group of quotes from the artist and family members who were asked the question of what constitutes 'happiness' in their lives. The impetus for the book is derived from a Chinese quote:

Happiness is when the grandmother dies then the mother then the daughter.

"I chose the 'explosion' format as a metaphor for the flowering of feelings when one is happy."

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Carolyn Shattuck SOLD / Out of Print Titles:  

The Quilts of Gee's Bend
Tunnel book

By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, [2018]. One-of-a-Kind.

8.5 x 6.5" closed, tunnel book. Inkjet printed on Epson paper and vellum. Colophon opens on back exterior panel . Accordion of 7 female figures dressed in quilt designs extends from back panel.

Carolyn Shattuck: "Remarkable works of art, created by women who live in rural Alabama . The quilts are made from a tradition that dates back four generations .The goal was to create unique compositions using materials such as old clothes, corn meal sacks, denim jeans and fabrics. This book honours the women who made these unusual and stunning quilts."

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