RUTLAND — City Hall in Rutland will feature the works of local artist Carolyn Shattuck, collected and curated by the Castleton Downtown Gallery, running from July 1 through Sept. 30.
Entitled “Unstill Lifes,” the exhibit features a collection of oils on canvas and mixed media on clay board.
“I hope to celebrate life in all its complexities, while acknowledging the shadow on my left shoulder,” said Shattuck, who believes her work is the freedom to extrapolate ideas and motifs from many sources.
Carolyn Shattuck was born in Montreal, Canada, and moved to the United States in 1971. After a short stay, she and her husband lived in Okinawa, Japan, for three years where she became influenced by the history and beauty of the Japanese prints. She returned to the United States and studied painting at Bard College. After graduating, she divided her time between painting and developing a unique printing method, using the monotype as a base.
For the past few years she has been studying the imagery of New England tombstones. The Puritan folk art of urns, angels, death’s heads and hourglasses are reinvented through narrative still-lifes and landscapes. She was influenced by a trip to China where she discovered the terracotta warriors. That experience translated into several bodies of work combining dry paint techniques and collage.
Shattuck exhibits her work nationally in numerous juried exhibitions. She has received numerous awards including the University of Texas, Purchase award, National Works on Paper and her books can be seen in numerous university special book collections. She teaches book art workshops in New England and Florida.
Rutland City Hall is located on Strongs Avenue and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.