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Monuments in a Park

Monuments in a Park

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Audrey Handler

Audrey Handler is a pioneer among women in studio glass. She was one of the first female students in the Glass Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied with the founder of the studio glass movement, Harvey Littleton. Monuments in a Park is a sculptural environment that combines everyday narrative with surreal imagery. Miniature silver and gold cast human figures populate a park overshadowed by a monument that is a life-sized bowl of apples in blown glass. The large fruit bowl reminds Handler of her mother’s hospitality and the apple, a central image in her work, symbolizes home and love. The wooden base refers to small-town restaurant tables with checkered tablecloths that evoke memories of travels with her husband. The artist considers herself a storyteller and imbues meaning in her work from her own experience of domestic life.
Audrey Handler
(American, b. 1934)
Monuments in a Park
Blown glass, beveled plate glass, sterling silver and 18k gold on wood base with oak, walnut and rosewood inlays
14 1/2 x 14 x 10 in. overall
Joen Greenwood Endowment Fund purchase
Accession No.
United States


2020, sold by the artist, Audrey Handler (Madison, WI) to the Chazen Museum of Art

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