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Back in the “studio” space of my youth, I fed my mind’s eye and imagination zealously. I invented toys and games with moveable parts, sketched paper dolls and people, and assembled found objects into vistas and whimsical creations.  Today, these passions to design and recycle endure. In addition to store bought metal rods, my steel supply is comprised of scrap yard riches.  I weld my steel sculptures from the foundation upwards, plasticizing and shaping the hard metal through heat and the soft process of play. aMUSEments may be perceived as sculptural tonics inviting the viewer to sip the humor and tickle the funny bone. Resemblant of toys, aMUSEments are often equipped with pretend wind-up keys.  Several of the sculptures invite the gentle touch of a hand and will respond kinetically. For some, their physical space is dramatically augmented by cast shadows upon the walls.  My focus is to communicate expression through the "voice" of the body; through postures and gestures; humans being themselves. The figures perform entertaining feats of equilibrium and multiple tasks while assorted familiar objects emanate an animated demeanor.  aMUSEments may be experienced as a reprieve where global trials, human afflictions, and the sting of reality are silenced by humor, celebration and delight.

aMUSEments, created between 2001-2009 include pARTy hats & parTIES, shown below...

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parTIES, while exclusive of human form are vibrantly brimming with animated human spirit. Scavotto recalls delightfully drawing as a young child, on the white cardboard packaging from her father’s dry-cleaned shirts. These blank virgin surfaces were invitations for mark-making and color. parTIES clay wall sculptures, colored with acrylic paint and marbling dyes resemble the boxy appearance of these packaged shirts. The stained neckties add a dash of humor, hinting to the whereabouts and goings-on of the wearer. 


parTIES #4, After the Merlot 17" x 10" x 4"                     parTIES #5, After the Pasta 19" x 10" x 4"


        parTIES #6, After the Expresso 17" x 9" x 5"                 parTIES #7, After the Last Dance 18" x 9" x 4"

          detail - one of two coffee stains                               detail - lipstick stains on the collar & tie







Barbara Scavotto Earley Sculpture