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Artist statement: "My recent Teacup paintings circle back to a subject matter I have used in the past and possesses deep personal histories for me. I like the way teacups represent hospitality, tradition, utilitarian design, and serve as a comforting respite. As the daughter of an immigrant from New Zealand, tea was a daily ritual in our home. My mother, aunt, and grandmother always consumed tea from a fine porcelain teacup. The Stewart cup, which is my mother’s maiden name, may have been carried over on the ocean liner with her when she immigrated.
I have combined the teacups with backgrounds from some of my favorite landscape paintings, such as those by Dutch and American painters Ruisdael and Bierstadt. The contrast of scale, with a romantic idealized setting enhances the power of these teacups." - Sherrie Wolf, April 2019