New York

Clyde Connell

Oscarsson Siegltuch

Clyde Connell’s vision is distinguished by an uncommon sensitivity to the vitalistic aspects of nature; her work goes right to the quick of things. This 85-year-old artist (who only turned to making art full-time in her 50s) deals with a multitude of experiences both pleasant and painful, from cradle to grave, revealing the fundamentals of life in forms and images that are powerful enough to impress as icons. Her instinctive understanding of the magic of art was evident almost everywhere in this show.

A striking example of Connell’s ability to enchant is provided by Time and Space Mantis Man, 1983. This mixed-media sculpture, like several others–including Untitled, 1981, and Bird Guardian, 1985—consists of a wooden structure covered with a special mixture of glue and paper that hardens into a surface the artist herself rightly labels “skin.” With its built-in wooden bench and facing screen,

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