Land Lover

Posted online: July 2017

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Artists involved in the Land Art movement (from the late 1960s to early ’70s) placed themselves outside the traditional art world, creating site-specific works that radically reshaped the natural landscape. Of the few women working in that genre, MICHELLE STUART’s art is notable for its transitory nature and lack of destructiveness. She’s especially known for unfurling a 460-foot-long paper scroll over a cliff into the Niagara River where Niagara Falls flowed centuries earlier, and leaving the scroll to degrade with the elements.

But Stuart defies easy categorization; while her work retains its earthly focus (using seeds, feathers, and stones gathered on travels), over time it has become more intimate in scale. Always seeking an evolutionary path, Stuart, now in her eighth decade, currently employs photography as her primary medium.

Critically acclaimed and exhibited worldwide—including a 2014 show at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art—Stuart, a part-time resident of Carpinteria, is represented by Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles as well as Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects in New York. L.D. PORTER


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