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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."
   

Animals in Danger
Flexagon bookworks

 
   

Boy with the Dancing Feet
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, [2020]. Edition of 8.

H-10.5” x W-7.5”x D- 1” closed. Pop-up. Digitally printed on Epson Matte. Other papers Lama Li and laminate. Numbered.

A single opening with a double page pop-up. Very simple but a lovely whimsical display to demonstrate how societal norms may cause us to divert from our true selves – be it gender, career, or just everyday life.

Carolyn Shattuck: "'Boy with Dancing Feet' was created to acknowledge the talent and courage shown by male dancers to pursue their passion."

Text: "Jethro was named boy-dancing feet by his family because from a very young age, he loved to move in space feeling the music. At age nine, he was invited to dance with a ballet company where he learned relevés and arabesques. Jethro's friends did not understand his dedication to dancing and laughed at him. He was different.

"His mother and father supported his choice and he decided to participate in a public dance performance. Afterwards, he was ecstatic.

"This is how he learned to not look for acclaim from his friends but to follow his passion."
$250

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LICENSING Series #1
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, [2020]. Edition of 8.

11.5 x 5 x 1". Epson glossy paper; Canson Mi Teintes paper. Accordion binding.

Carolyn Shattuck: "Communicating via alternate means has always intrigued me. Perhaps it has something to do with my training as a psych nurse.

"LICENSING, a Flag book, created to depict the voices of Americans. The combinations of symbols, letters and numbers present a word puzzle to communicate in a unique language.

"It has always fascinated me to see how people express themselves through abbreviated words and manipulating the letters. I collected these images on the walls of a bar called Half Shell Raw in Key West."
$350

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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."
$250

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Wardrobe Chronicles
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, [2010]. Edition of 4.

11.5 x 6.5 x 7" sectioned box. Sections contain paper doll uppers wrapped in cloth, paper doll stands wrapped in cloth, presentation cloth, and 10 pamphlets (3 x 5" each). Materials: Epson Radiant White Watercolor paper, cotton, vellum, Canson Mi Teintes, cork paper. Wardrobe box covered in cork paper with paper title label on cover and blue ribbon pull. Numbered.

This small installation in a "wardrobe" describes through dress and stories crimes endured by women globally. The ten stories range from rape by a family friend of a 15 year old girl to domestic violence to female genital mutilation.

Carolyn Shattuck: "Through the process of making and dressing cutout women figures , stories unfold. These figures, represented globally, bring light to the silent crimes they endure. 'Rape is the culture of silence', quotes President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In India, bride burning takes place approximately once every 2 hours. In Asia alone, one million children are working in the sex trade. Violence and abuse towards women takes place everywhere. This installation of women who stand on a named scarf celebrate their dignity while telling stories of hope.

"In the early 1990’s, the United Nations and the World Bank began to proclaim the potential resource that women and girls represent. ' Investment in girls’ education may be the highest return investment available in the developing world' Larry Summers wrote when he was chief economist of the World Bank."
$2,000 (Last Copy)

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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."
$60


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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."
$150


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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."
$150
(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."
$200
(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."
$550


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Animals in Danger books are works by Shattuck that bring attention to the endangered and extinct animal species from Vermont to the plains of Africa.
 

Migration
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, [2021].
Edition of 4.

17.5" x 9" closed . Accordion spine structure with origami. Comprised of a Zebra wheel, 4 elephants, 2 giraffes, 4 wildebeests, 1 rhino, 2 trees, and 6 lions. Printed on Epson paper, Elephant hide paper, lokta paper and Canson mi Teinte, Strathmore watercolor paper. Slipcase made from Lama Li paper. Illustrated paper title on slipcase. Animal illustrations tipped on front cover. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Carolyn Shattuck: "This book is constructed as a plea to save the animals of Africa from poaching and destruction of habitat due to climate change and encroachment ".

Introduction, Carolyn Shattuck: "Extinction and Migration are two powerful words that shape my concerns for the majestic animals that graze the African savannah.

"To ensure the health of elephants, wildebeests, lions, rhinosaurus, and giraffes, it is important to maintain 'wildlife corridors'. Safe passage between reserves in northern Kenya is a critical lifeline for elephants to find food, water and mates. Road development, cropland expansion and poachers threaten these migration corridors.

"Rhino poaching is a pressing issue. Their horns are valued in traditional Chinese medicine and treasured as a status symbol to display success and wealth. ... Giraffes are at risk due to habitat loss, drought worsened by climate change, illegal killings and trade in giraffe and body parts. ... The declining elephant population is a global crisis. In the last 18 years, the population has decreased from a few million to 450,000 to 700,000. ...

"These animals need to be protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The U.S. is currently the biggest consumer of giraffe products and home to most of the trophy hunters."
$2,800

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The Catamount Book
ByCarolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, [2020]. Edition of 4.

7.4” x 10” x 1” closed . Tunnel book with front flap that lies flat then opens to reveal a pop-up. Laid in envelope slipcase with grosgrain ribbon closure. Printed on BFK Rives, Epson Matte, Red River papers. Origami transparent and Lama Li papers. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Carolyn Shattuck: "Once I saw a catamount on the edge of my property, I knew that a book was created. She was beautiful and moved effortlessly along the fringe wearing her tawny coat and long tail.

"I researched the archives of The Vermont Historical Society and discovered a story of the last sighting of the catamount in 1881.

"The catamount is listed as extinct by the United States Fish and Wildlife Department although there have been many reported sightings of this animal in Vermont over the last 100 years.

"The purpose of this tunnel. pop-up book is to acknowledge the catamount, known historically as a formidable predator, and also to recognize this mysterious creature who needs to be protected."
$1,000

The Catamount Book
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Save the Elephants
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, c 2020. Edition of 5.

5.25 x 13.5 x 1.25" closed flag book. Origami figures. Papers: Lokta, Canson Mi Teintes, Lama Li, Elephant Hide and Washi. In paper slipcase with paper title label. Belly band with magnetic closure. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Carolyn Shattuck: "'Save the Elephants' was designed to bring awareness of their struggle as the population is rapidly declining due mainly to poachers."

"Save the Elephants" text excerpt: "Because ivory tusks are so valuable, the U.N. says up to 100 elephants are being slaughtered a day in Africa by poachers working in the illegal trade. The declining population of elephants has become a global crisis. In the last eighteen years, the elephant population has decreased from a few million African elephants to 450,000-700,000.

"Habitat loss is another danger to these magnificent animals. Because of global warming, their habitat has becomes significantly hotter and drier, resulting in poorer foraging areas and decreasing the survival rates of baby elephants. In the dry season, elephants play a role in maintaining biodiversity by using their tusks to dig water."
$2,100 (Last 2 copies)

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Save the Rhinos
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, [2020]. Edition of 5.

13.5” x 7.5”x 3”: flag book. Images: 3 rhinos, 3 wildebeests, 1 acacia tree, 2 bushes, 1 giraffe. Origami figures. Papers: Canson Mi Teinte, Lokta origami, Strathmore watercolor, Lama Li. In slipcase. Paper title on slipcase and on front cover of flag book. Signed and numbered by the artist.

In "Save the Rhinos" by Carolyn Shattuck, rhinos, a giraffe and wildebeests walk the grasslands of Africa seemingly unaware that poachers and even world environmental issues threaten their existence.

Carolyn Shattuck, introduction: "Rhino poaching is an ongoing and increasing issue in Africa. The rhino horn is a valuable trafficked commodity worldwide. In Vietnam, the powdered horn made from keratin is believed to treat hangovers, fever and gout and terminal illnesses. There is no evidence of any healing traits. In addition, the rhino horn is valued in traditional Chinese culture as a symbol of wealth. The Rhino recovery Fund in South Africa, and home to the largest rhino population in the world, estimates a rhino is killed every fifteen hours.

"Botswana has developed a 'no tolerance policy' for poaching while closely monitoring the animals with specially designed telemetry devices. Also, one hundred rhinos have been relocated from South Africa to Botswana in an effort to keep them in a safe habitat. More rigorous plans are being developed to save this critical rhino population."
$1,500

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Shattuck uses various structures to tell stories. She has used the flexagon as a base for a rotating pattern to illustrate patterns from Art Deco to quilt design.
   

Quilters
By Carolyn Shattuck
Rutland, Vermont: Shattuck Studio, 2021. Edition of 10.

10.5"x 10.5" x 4.5" rotating ring flexagon. Inkjet printed on Epson paper.

Carolyn Shattuck: "My books have evolved into saving endangered animals or recognizing marginalized women artists. I learned about these quilters from a book called 'Glorious American Quilts'.

"'Quilters' is a flexagon/popup created to acknowledge the unknown and marginalized women of the 19th century."

Quilt patterns shown in the flexagon:

Bird of Paradise Quilt Top by unidentified quilter dated between 1858-1863
Log Cabin Throw by Harriet Rutter Eagleson dated between 1884-1880
String Quilt by unidentified quilter dated between 1920-1940
Center Star Crazy Throw by Mary Ann Crocker Hinman dated between 1880-1890

Kate Kelly, Huffington Post 10/12/2010: "Quilts have played an important role in our country. Many have been purely functional, created for warmth, but culturally, they have expressed the lives — and often marked the celebrations — of the women who made them. Socially they provided an opportunity for women to gather and share family and neighborhood news.

" Quilt making also offered an important means of expression. At a time when society felt that there were limits on what was appropriate for women to say or do, the fact that women could gather together to create a quilt that expressed their patriotism, their support of the temperance movement, or their religious beliefs provided an outlet that did not ruffle society."
$550

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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."

$360
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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."
$250

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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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