Lucinda Shmulsky
New Marlborough, Massachusetts

Lucinda Shmulsky’s studio sprawls out into four areas of her New Malborough, Massachusetts home, including the woodshed, garage, and cellar. The rooms are filled with rustic antiques and metal parts, which she collects to create her unique sculptures. Like the readymades of the early 20th century, Lucinda reworks ordinary objects into art. However, unlike Marcel Duchamp, who showed an indifference towards the objects he choose, Lucinda’s sculptures demonstrate an appreciation and reverence for the past. She is fascinated by the history of the objects she happens upon, such as the origin of the mandolin, and the antique bellows once used by blacksmiths. She personifies them to represent something quaint and nostalgic about the past, something lost in our high-tech, fast-moving present. They are a tribute to American industrialism, with an appropriate sense of kitsch and humor.

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Sculpture on wood
Signed on back

33" h x 21" w x 11" d
5 lbs. 1 oz.


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This is a hanging sculpture comprised of a unique hand crafted red leather piece with a 2” brass medallion at the top and many superb details. It has similarities to a saddlebag shape; therefore, I chose to assemble it with the intricate hand carved wooden stirrup with a forged metal surround commonly found in Argentina circa 19th century. 

The antique wooden single yolk frames the stirrup above, while the decorative red leather piece hangs freely below. The yolk is held together with a removable cast iron peg on the lower right and a square nail on the left.  

The sculpture hangs from an antique cast iron wall bracket, formerly a lamp part, which enhances the sculpture with its rusty appearance. The upper metal curve holds the yolk while the lower metal curve holds the stirrup which is fastened to an old brass ring. The yolk and stirrup are both removable and when hung in place they both slightly touch the wall. The decorative red leather hangs freely and has 3” of clearance between the back of it and the wall.  

The sculpture measures about 50"L x 15"W x 7"D. It weighs 5 pounds.


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