PRINT October 1986


MICHELLE STUART’S WORK OVER the past fifteen years, in ensemble, is a strong constructivist statement, in Nelson Goodman’s spirit of the term. Through her interest in archaeology, anthropology geology, literature, and history, and her capacity for expansive and incisive observation, Stuart has unique skills to find what is out there in the world, to decipher the elements of one culture within another, and to construct systems to transmit this continuity For Stuart, the world is not simply a set of artifacts to be discovered; in human activity, as Goodman argues, it must inevitably be recreated, so that art, science, and life can thrive. The symbolic systems that Stuart employs are dense. She loves material and matter—the tactile, observable, manipulable stuff of this earth—but she is also fascinated by the productions of culture and the phenomenological circumstances of human life, by

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