Chicago

Alice Shaddle

Artemesia Gallery

Alice Shaddle’s work is not trendy, scientific, ostentatious or aggressive. It involves no fast changes, no social comment. Nothing juts out, there are no hard forms. She is not trying to make a point or prove herself. Her work is old-fashioned and feminine: just gently, diaphanously and quietly there.

Since 1967, Shaddle has made paper sculpture and reliefs in which the cut paper is folded and forms come out of the flat page. Collage drawings inside boxes fit together so that depending upon the point of view one drawing seems to become part of another; anthropomorphic heads that seem to change expression as a viewer walks by; and flowers inspired by 18th-century painting’s veils, embroidery, floating drapery and robes that stand out in midair. She painted her work only until 1971; since then she has used patterned wallpaper for the color.

Her recent installation, Under the Snow, had as its

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