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the blues

Pauline Shaw 

PAULINE SHAW, North Star 1, 2021, felted wool, pewter, copper, patina, 142.2 × 218.4 cm. Courtesy In Lieu, Los Angeles.

Pauline Shaw began working with wool several years ago. She taught herself to hand-dye and hand-felt wool through online forums, noticing that the most expert were empty nester moms who had displaced their attention and affection onto laborious handiwork. In part an ode to women’s invisible labor, and a redress to the tendency to demean the long tradition of textiles as outside the category of “fine art,” Shaw’s wool works are also connected to Joseph…

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