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New Life to the "Trash of History" at the Springfield Museums

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Springfield Museums present Chance Encounters: Mixed Media Constructions by Shawn Farley on view through March 7, 2021, at the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

Massachusetts artist Shawn Farley creates sculptural assemblages that give new life to obsolete foundry molds and other found objects. By embracing chance and trusting her keen artistic instincts, Farley constructs clever compositions that take on human qualities and adopt their own personalities.

To embark on her work, Farley searches flea markets and seeks out junk dealers from all over the country. She is particularly interested in wood patterns or molds formed by talented craftsmen long ago. Once used to make fittings for Hoover Dam ships or contribute to operations at a mill in Shelburne Falls, the foundry molds that are integral to Farley's work served an important industrial purpose. These, she said, are unique pieces on their way to becoming the trash of history.

"These objects radiate personality and voice, demanding an opportunity at another life," Farley said. Since foundry molds come in all shapes and sizes, it is often playing with them that dictates what they will become. Farley might have a piece nearly finished when by chance, she places another piece next to it rather than on it and it changes the entire direction and meaning of the piece.

While some of Farley's constructions express personal views on social, political, and religious issues, others are purely automatic. "Freed from their destiny as castaways or trash, these objects assume new identities and an evocation of something soulful," she said.

"The imaginative assemblage works in this exhibition make the old new again," said Maggie North, Curator of Art at the Springfield Museums. "Each encounter with Shawn Farley's work tells a story and offers an opportunity for dialogue."

About Shawn Farley:

Shawn Farley earned a BFA from the University of Nebraska with a double major in dance and art, and MFA in Arts Administration from the University of Iowa. She was Director of Center for the Arts in Northampton from 1984 to 1987, and has been the Marketing Director at UMass Fine Arts Center since 1993.

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SOURCE Springfield Museums Corporation