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Music From a Garden at Dusk

-New Work by Sandra SheehyNovember 29, 2012 – January 12, 2013

Cavin-Morris Gallery New York, New York


Music From a Garden at Dusk, New Work by Sandra Sheehy November 29, 2012 – January 12, 2013

Sandra Sheehy creates biomorphic and zoomorphic constructions using thread, shells, layers of paper, sequins, yarn, beads, and painted textiles. Over the ten years that the gallery has represented her, the work has become increasingly dense and dreamlike. She wrote the following about her most recent pieces: I make many pieces of work in the garden, surrounded by insect and bird life. Many miniature worlds, some co-exsisting, some waging battles against each other. Although I am happily ensconced in my own world, their worlds seep into mine. Spiders’ tightly bound bundles of larder and curled leaves hiding black eggs. Dragonflies’ iridescence and bright daylight butterflies shifting over to moths’ mutedness in the evening. Eveything so full of boisterous, desperate life. And then the quiet, stillness. Cupping abandoned nests in my hands, redundant cocoons turning slowly to papery nothingness and the sadness of the swifts leaving. When all the pieces were done, I laid them on the floor. Seeing them lying side by side gave me a feeling unlike any other work I have made, a feeling of quiet and solemnity. Some of the pieces I made seemed to need burning to release them, which seemed a destructive thing to do after so much time spent making them. The burning revealed parts that I had made and then hid from view and like a forest fire it gave new things light and space to breathe and grow. Bringing things full circle.


Untitled, 2011 Mixed Media/Fabric 16 x 5 x 4 inches 40.6 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm SSe 70


Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 25.5 x 6 x 5 inches 64.8 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm SSe 83


Untitled, 2008 Mixed media 8 x 5.25 x .25 inches 20.3 x 13.3 x .6 cm SSe 61


Untitled, 2007 Mixed media/fabric 10.5 x 7.5 x 3.5 inches 26.7 x 19.1 x 8.9 cm SSe 56


Untitled, 2007 Mixed media/fabric 7 x 6.5 x 1.25 inches 17.8 x 16.5 x 3.2 cm SSe 58


Untitled, 2007 Mixed media/fabric 10.75 x 9.5 x 1.5 inches 27.3 x 24.1 x 3.8 cm SSe 60


Untitled, 2007 Mixed media/fabric 12.5 x 9 x 1 inches 31.8 x 22.9 x 2.5 cm SSe 59


Untitled, 2007 Mixed media/fabric 10.25 x 10.5 x .75 inches 26 x 26.7 x 1.9 cm SSe 51


Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 14.5 x 8.5 x 6.5 inches 36.8 x 21.6 x 16.5 cm SSe 77


Untitled, 2008 Mixed media/Fabric 17 x 6.25 x 1.5 inches 43.2 x 15.9 x 3.8 cm SSe 63


Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 22.5 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches 57.2 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm SSe 75


Untitled, 2007 Mixed media/Fabric 24.5 x 10.5 x 2 inches 62.2 x 26.7 x 5.1 cm SSe 57


Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 53 x 8 x 7 inches 134.6 x 20.3 x 17.8 cm SSe 72


Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 72 x 6 x 5 inches 182.9 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm SSe 73


Untitled, 2006 Mixed media/ canvas 4 x 3 x 1 in (10.2 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm) Signed On Back SSe 47


Untitled, 2006 Cotton, wool, paper and beads 45 x 8 x 2.25 inches 114.3 x 20.3 x 5.7 cm SSe 49


Untitled, 2004 Mixed media/canvas 7.25 x 7.25 in (18.4 x 18.4 cm) SSe 36

Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 6.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches 16.5 x 8.9 x 6.4 cm SSe 79


Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 8 x 5 x 4 inches 20.3 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm SSe 78

Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 5.5 x 3 x 2.5 inches 14 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm SSe 81


Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 6 x 3 x 2.5 inches 15.2 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm SSe 80

Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 5.5 x 3 x 2.5 inches 14 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm SSe 82


Untitled, 2005 Mixed media/canvas 3.5 x 7 x 11 in 8.9 x 17.8 x 27.9 cm SSe 42


Untitled, 2007 Mixed media/fabric 28 x 11.75 x 4 inches 71.1 x 29.8 x 10.2 cm SSe 54


Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 26 x 12.5 x 9 inches 66 x 31.8 x 22.9 cm SSe 74


Untitled, 2011 Mixed media/Fabric 22.5 x 12 x 9 inches 57.2 x 30.5 x 22.9 cm SSe 71


Untitled, 2012 Mixed media/ Fabric 18 x 7 x 6.5 inches 45.7 x 17.8 x 16.5 cm SSe 76


Cavin-Morris Gallery, 2013 New York, NY


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Music From A Garden at Dusk: New Works by Sandra Sheehy