Hannah Holliday Stewart

Untitled (Abstract Figure)

Bronze  
6.5 x 3.5 x 2.25 in

HISTORY

Hannah Holliday Stewart (1924 - 2010) exhibited in over 40 venues including The Smithsonian, Washington, DC; the San Francisco Museum of Art; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and others. Her artwork and her career were instrumental to the increased recognition of women sculptors in the United States.

As Stewart developed an abstract symbol system for her artwork, she drew inspiration from various theologies. In an artist statement from her files dated 1994, Stewart explained that a cross could represent ideas drawn from Christianity, while a circle might point to concepts culled from Eastern religions. The note continues, "I work with symbol as archetype. Archetypes are invisible but constant elements of the unconscious—the key is a symbol, an archetype as fixed ideal which we all share as common ground."

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