Judith Shea

shea-07An iconoclastic, virtuoso sculptor, Judith Shea‘s early training was in garment design, and her early works were, in her words, “clothes without figures in them.” Armless dresses symbolized women, and voluminous overcoats were male surrogates. Now, Shea has begun “filling the overcoats with people”, including portraits and images of Catholic saints and martyrs. Shea continues to work in her New York studio, “…to make sculptures, whether they are extremely formal or obsessively descriptive, that will express human states.”


Pictured: Storage 1999, 1999. Bronze, 5 elements, 9 x 13 x 42 ft. View of work at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri. © ruy sanchez blanco


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