After Polly Collins
Steel, acrylic beads, floral wire, chenille stems
After Polly Collins is an interpretation of a gift drawing made by Shaker sister Polly Collins (1808-1884), who lived in nearby Hancock, Massachusetts. Some Shakers expressed their spiritual revelations as drawings, and deemed them ‘gifts’ from God. Although the design of their architecture, furniture and clothing was marked by sparse elegance, Shaker gift drawings could be exuberantly colorful and were kept only for occasional private display.