Artist's assemblages honor nature.
Inspired by the reliquaries of the Middle Ages, Shaw Stuart has taken ordinary “relics” from nature and enshrined them in richly embellished containers. Peach pits, thistles, dried rose hips, insects, wasp nests, and apple seeds take the place of honor in works from the series “Reverence for Nature.” Saints’ bones are replaced by literal and figurative bones: Relics from a Royal Feast includes chicken bones and lobster shells, as well as a corn cob and a nut shell. Stuart says, “even the ‘humblest’ of natural things deserve respect.”
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Kenneth Sutton is managing editor of UU World.
Growing up on Star Island
Looking back on my summers spent at a beloved Unitarian Universalist retreat.
We cannot hear unless there is silence.