The Bone-And-Bird Art of Joyce Cutler-Shaw and Sarah Perry

Night Migration (detail)From February 14, 2007 to April 14, 2007

Joyce Cutler-Shaw has been exploring both clinically and imaginatively the moving, yet natural, phenomenon of deaths transubstantiation of a vital human organism into an articulated skeletal phantom of ones essential self. Sarah Perry combs the California deserts to harvest the bones of animals, rodents, reptiles, and owl regurgitations of bone pellets, which she translates into skillfully engineered sculptures of earthly/galactic references. Curated by Max F. Schulz.

About the Artists

Joyce Cutler-Shaw is an artist of intermedia, including drawings, installations, public projects and artists books. Some of her public projects can be found at Mission Valley Branch Library, the Balboa Park Activity Center, Stonecrest Village, CA, Sorrento Mesa, CA, among others. She has exhibited internationally since 1972. Her works are represented internationally in the special collections of both museum and library. Joyce Cutler-Shaw has served as artist in residence/Visiting Scholar from 1992 to the present at the School of Medicine of the University of California, San Diego as Artist-In-Residence/Visiting Scholar from 1992-to the present. She was the first visual artist appointed as faculty in the University of California, San Diegos Medical School.

Sarah Perry burst on the art scene with the large-scale grouping of gorillas that she fashioned out of scraps of rubber tires gleaned from the Los Angeles highways. In the ensuing years, Perry’s work shifted to smaller, more personal and poetic works, such as the 1995 mixed-media altered book piece “What’s Underneath Us?” In the past ten years, she was represented in close to 75 exhibitions in commercial, community, college, and university galleries and museums nationally and internationally under such wide ranging titles as Sacred Realm,Bio Ballistic,Pontus Hulten Collection,Exploring the Cosmos, and The Artful Teapot.