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Catherine Ross: Stelle Mere



December 31, 1969
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Essayist Robin Peck places Ross's sculptural work within two traditions: the French "Animalier" school and, because Ross' work is scaled to the domestic interior, traditional female craftmaking. Her birds are carved in stone and marble, her starfish cast in aluminum, her snakes in wood sheathed with lead. Studying Ross's immense and almost repetitive production, Peck expands the discussion to reflect on the new role played by women sculptors in a discipline generally dominated by men. Noting that women's sculpture is now re-explorative of many nearly-abandoned technical and formal conventions, including stone carving and metal casting, the essayist posits that women come to sculpture relatively free from the prejudices that have formed it over the past century and now pursue the three dimensional and the material in art with a vengeance wrought by an historically denied access.

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