Barbara Shaiman


During this pandemic year of anxiety and isolation, artmaking and nature have been two of my major sources of solace. My current work involves two series, Cohorts and Flowing Waters that reference my appreciation of, and concern for, the natural world that we are a part of.  Cohorts 1 and feature groupings of related works that are inspired by natural forms such as rocks, arches, trees and rivers. These pieces exist as individual works, but, as in groupings of individuals, the pieces speak to each other and spark new associations and understandings. Flowing Waters is a series of mostly larger pieces that reference local rivers, the NW coast and especially estuaries where the rivers flow into the sea and are home to unique species of plants and animals. Last summer, unable to take my usual trips to the Olympic Peninsula and the Oregon Coast, my longing for them precipitated this series of works. I consider them to be a tribute to our natural world and a call to action to protect it. 


Cohort 2, glazed and painted stoneware, 3′ x 4′ x 3″, 2020-2021 , $2500 (individual pieces available separately)