Carol Shaw-Sutton is a sculptor and installation artist specializing in poetic fiber and textile work, inspired by natural cycles of growth and decay. She has been exhibiting her work in museums in the United States and internationally since the 1970’s including museum exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Japan and Canada, as well as New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her work is included in numerous collections and received many awards, including the NEA Individual Artist Fellowship, the Young American Award, US/Japan and US France Fellowships, among others. She is Professor of Emeritus from the School of Art, CSULB where she headed the Fiber Program for 30 years.
Carol Shaw-Sutton Fiber, Sculpture, Installation
I and Thou
This recent work has been informed by the forces swirling within all of us in this present moment in history as we all seem to have taken up sides and become enemies. I read the existential philosophic writings of Martin Buber many years ago and was moved by his distinction between I-Thou relationships compared to I-It relationship. The lessons of the non-violence movements of Gandhi and Martin Luther King also show that courageous empathy can serve to heal the divide between us before we are all destroyed. I am hoping to practice this sense of a truly emphatic listening to another as I resist the urge to blame and judge. The image on these cloths appear to me as a kind of skin. They were made by residual staining from plants and reflect cell division, mirroring and growth common to within all life.