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Carolyn ShattuckRutland, VT
Carolyn Shattuck was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She was trained as a nurse and began her art career shortly after she moved to the United States in 1971. She and her husband lived in Hanover, New Hampshire for a year. At that time, they were notified of his orders to serve in the Vietnam war. During the three years spent in Okinawa, Carolyn formed a relationship with an owner and teacher of a gallery representing Japanese artists. Her appreciation and love for the graphic arts emerged from numerous discussions by various artists who traveled from the mainland to represent their work. She and her family moved to Indianapolis,IN for four years before returning to New England. There she continued to study at the Art League. In the following years, Carolyn earned her B.A. in Fine Arts from Johnson State College ,Vermont and in 1984 graduated with a M.F.A. from Bard College in painting. Her initial response to art making was the medium of silkscreening. It quickly became difficult and cumbersome both in its rigid approach and exposure to chemicals so she studied the monotype under various artists. She was very fortunate to be introduced to an unusual approach to this process which incorporated the use of fiber dyes. Parchment paper was painted with fiber dyes then inked with linoleum transfers. They acted as collage to build a space on the Plexiglas ground. Since that time Shattuck has developed the medium so that it is multifaceted ,using drypoint with many printing layers, sometimes almost burying the original marks. In 1996, She visited her son in Xian, China and returned home to paint, draw and print a series of works called the Terracotta Warriors. She began to organize an exhibition with three artists called, “The Country of Souls”. The purpose of the traveling show was to develop an awareness of the mystery of death and dying issues and work with various curators, medical and ministerial professionals in order to plan seminars, poetry readings and group discussions. The discovery of the intriguing folk art of the Puritans became the focus for Carolyn’s work. Trips were made to gravesides throughout New England to view the decaying tombstones. This collaboration generated a lifelong vocabulary which is threaded throughout her work and most recently in Book Arts. She was awarded the Purchase Award by the University of Texas. Her work has been exhibited nationally at Printwork 2K,98, Barrett Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie,and Parkside National Small Print Exhibition,University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Delta National Small Prints, Arkansas State University. She was awarded the Aida Whedon Memorial for a series of works on the perennial garden at the NAWA annual exhibition. Shattuck has also received recognition for her paintings and is currently developing a South African series of still lifes. The impulse is the beautiful containers made by the women from telephone wire. For the past ten years she has taken the collage/assemblage approach into Book Arts. Here she is combining text with paper engineering . Many of the ideas for the books originate from her previous experience in the arts. Her latest book is called, “ The Urn Book “. It depicts many drypoint urn images with epitaphs from the Puritans. It is freestanding with a continuous hinge. Necessary Losses is a compilation of thoughts from friends and family describing events that needed to take place in their lives in order to grow spiritually and emotionally. The book is an accordion structure with an “explosion” pop-up in each fold. Recently, she is exhibiting her books at the Brooklyn College library and the Proteus Gowanus gallery in Brooklyn.