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Carol Shinn - Solo Exhibition -  Tansey Contemporary  •   Denver, Colorado
April 20, 2019 - May 27, 2019

This solo exhibition features recent work by Shinn that explores her two main subjects: the landscape and architectural artifacts. Rooted in close observation, her finely tuned works invite viewers to slow down and give even the minutest details of a scene mindful attention. Shinn captures momentary glimpses of the natural and man-made worlds, especially the confluence of the two, in her practice. She sees time and place as “complexities of interacting forces.” Her work manifests viewpoints and locations in flux, hinting at a larger, nuanced narrative beyond the work itself at once specific yet mysterious.

Shinn marries photography and embroidery to create her unique works. Shinn begins each piece with photography, spontaneous and fleeting, that she then digitally alters before transferring to fabric. She uses a standard sewing machine — without any computerization — to embroider each scene, altering the length and density of the stitches. Similar to pencil hatching, she layers colors of thread throughout the work, creating such density that none of the original image or fabric shows through. The slow process of embroidery adds the elements of time, contemplation, and examination to the original photograph, pushing the work more into the realm of memory and imagination as opposed to straight documentation.


Venue Info:
Tansey Contemporary
1743 Wazee St.
Denver, CO 80202
United States