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Sandra Sheehy and Anna Zemankova: Botanical

February 15, 2015 — August 30, 2015
 

Anna Zemánková

Untitled

(1908–1986)
1970s pastel, embroidery floss, ink on paper
Courtesy of the family of Anna Zemánková and Cavin Morris Gallery, NY. Photo: Jurate Veceraite

Sandra Sheehy

Untitled (installation view, John Michael Kohler Arts Center)

2007 Fabric and mixed media
Courtesy of the artist and Cavin-Morris Gallery, NY

Sandra Sheehy

Untitled (installation view, John Michael Kohler Arts Center)

2012 Fabric and mixed media
Courtesy of the artist and Cavin-Morris Gallery, NY

Installation view of Sandra Sheehy and Anna Zemánková: Botanical at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2015. 1. (Left to right) Anna Zemánková, Untitled, 1970s; pastel, embroidery thread, fiber on paper. Untitled, 1970s; acrylic, paper, plastic on paper. Courtesy of the family of Anna Zemánková and Cavin-Morris Gallery, NY.

Anna Zemánková

Untitled (detail)

(1908–1986)
1970s pastel, embroidery floss, ink on paper
Courtesy of the family of Anna Zemánková and Cavin Morris Gallery, NY. Photo: Jurate Veceraite

Sandra Sheehy

Untitled (detail)

2008 fabric and mixed media
Private collection, Switzerland. Photo: Jurate Veceraite

Sandra Sheehy

Untitled

2004 fabric, paint, beads on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Cavin-Morris Gallery, NY. Photo: Jurate Veceraite
 

The works of both Sandra Sheehy (UK) and Anna Zemánková (1908–1986) draw inspiration from plant life and garden scenes. Sheehy makes felted wall pieces as well as delicate sculptures reminiscent of cocoons from chicken wire, fabric, and paper, which she later encrusts with fabric, stitching, beads, sequins, and shells. Anna Zemánková’s embroideries on paper suggest botanical illustrations and reveal nature’s more mystical side. Both artists, with some measure of spontaneity, allow the imagery of the outdoor world to unfold before the viewer. Shown together, their works disclose intangible, and spiritual aspects of the plant world.

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