24.5 x 12.5 x 3.75 in
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.
Stewart was based in Houston for most of her career, and held teaching positions at St. Thomas University and the University of Houston. In 1983, she submitted sketches of Lagrime to Houston’s Kagan-Rudy Chapel. The proposed monumental sculpture, which was not completed, was to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust. “Lagrime” means “tears” in Latin, and the seven tears running down the sculpture represent the seven pillars in Solomon’s Temple, the Holy Temple in ancient Jerusalem. In the full-scale work, the arch that forms the base of the sculpture was to be large enough for visitors to walk through. “[Lagrime’s] archway links what can be perceived and what is beyond perception—transition from one state to another— a change,” Stewart explained in an undated handwritten note.
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