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Joyce Cutler-Shaw Word/Image

Joyce Cutler-Shaw Word/Image

BAG Lecture

April 26, 2001 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Thursday, in the Reading Room of Special Collections, Allen Library, University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Joyce Cutler-Shaw is an artist of intermedia narratives, installations, public projects and artists’ books.  She has exhibited internationally since 1972.  Drawing is at the heart of her multi-layered works collectively titled The Messenger Cycle.  She considers drawing as a way of knowing, as a mode of inquiry and as an act of empathy.  A recent series, titled Body Archaeology, is part of her project, The Anatomy Lesson, in process since 1990.  It is an investigation of human identity and the evolving self from birth through death.  To realize this independent project, Cutler-Shaw was honored to be the first visual artist, nationally, to have a medical school residency, as Artist-In-Residence and Visiting Scholar at the School of Medicine at the University of California San Diego.

Integral to her body of work is the Alphabet of Bones, an original calligraphy inspired by the hollow bones of birds.  Its 26 characters have been digitized and can be translated into the English alphabet as well as a symbolic code.  It is her own copyrighted typeface that has been widely published and honored.  Included in her honors was the award of a publication prize from the Center for Book Arts in New York City that published a limited edition of Three Cages, which was a small triangular book of unusual folds with images and an original poetic text in English and The Alphabet of Bones.

 Joyce Cutler-Shaw’s works are represented in both museum and library special collections, including drawings recently purchased by the Albertina Museum in Vienna, as well as the Museum of Modern Art, The 42nd Street Library, the Klingspor Museum in Germany, the Teylers Museum in The Netherlands, the Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the Artists Books collection of the Athenaeum Music and Art Library, the Getty Library as well as the Book Arts Collection of the University of Washington Libraries.

Presented by The Book Arts Guild and Special Collections, Univesity of Washington Libraries