HAND/EYE magazine is an independent, international publication exploring the nexus between design and development, culture and commerce, art and craft, and environment and ethics. Scott Rothstein’s recent review of Interarts Lecturer Miriam Schaer’s work touches on many of the debates among artisans, exporters, designers, artists, wholesalers and importers, retailers, and consumers that take place inside HAND/EYE’s pages.
Schaer’s Baby (Not) on Board: The Final Prejudice? is a series of embroidered baby dresses exploring society’s view and judgments of women who choose not to have children. This work was most recently exhibited in Columbia’s fall 2011 exhibition Trans(form): A Multi-Disciplinary Faculty Exhibition, where it challenged viewers to reconsider basic assumptions of a woman’s role in contemporary society, reigniting debate on this sensitive and personal issue.
Schaer teaches in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts, but her investigations appear in forms that challenge traditional notions of the artist’s book. Much of her work takes the form of complex sculptures, and in his article Rothstein discusses both the conceptual framework of her work alongside investigation of its physical aspects.