To accurately capture the people in his monologues, Mr. Stuart completed intense historical research. Gathering all credible information he could find, Mr. Stuart studied paintings, autopsy reports, and tailors’ records. He once even convinced the Smithsonian to measure the thread count on Abraham Lincoln’s shawl to ensure accuracy.
Armed with that research, Mr. Stuart brought each character to life out of raw materials. Bits of wire, cotton batting, and clay transform into expressive beings. Filling in the unknowns with his artistic imagination, his obsessive attention to the smallest details from eyelashes to fingernails renders the end product eerily realistic. Each Figure in this exhibit shows the comprehensive historical research and artistic details behind its creation.
Made possible in part by the Fred W. Smith Gallery Fund and additional support from Bethe and Tim Sullivan in memory of Rosemarie Magness