SARAH SEAVER (American, 20th c.)
"Time, Hope, and Memory", 2017; Diorama with preserved scorpion, field mouse skeleton, and butterfly in a Renaissance town of cut and colored paper, marbled paper exterior behind frame; 9" x 10" x 3"; Sarah Seaver began creating Neo-Victorian natural history displays fewer than ten years ago. Her more recent assemblages are darkly humorous and allegorical, frequently employing bone and insects, and with memento mori as a frame of reference. Seaver cringes at the use of the word "morbid" to describe her art. "All these things, even death, are inherently so amazing and natural," she says, "to call them 'dark' or 'creepy' is to deny our place in what can only be described as the natural mystery and miss out on an important opportunity to consider our relationship with it". A partner at Seaver & McLellan Antiques, she maintains a waiting list of buyers for her work.
Sale Price: $1,625
Estimate: $600 - $900
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