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Coffee and Tea

Deborah McDuff and Thea Shapiro: Coffee and Tea


photo captions:

Barbara Fletcher “Woodland Forest”  (chipmunk diorama) 
Yetti Frenkel, “Sleepwalker”  (cat holding umbrella) 
Douglass Gray “Birds of a Feather”  (metal bird flock)

Coffee Tea opens to the public
November 15 and closes February 16, 2017

There is an opening reception for the artists and Pine Manor Community on Sunday, December 4th, from 1:30-4pm
RSVP: Carolyn Wirth cwirth@pmc.edu

How much does a cup of coffee and tea really cost? McDuff and Shapiro create surprising art from re-puposed coffee filters and tea bags, like giant coffee cups, dresses, hats, and murals. The duo also explores the history of coffee and tea by hosting a tealeaf and coffee grind reading. Viewers can discover the process of the coffee and tea business while viewing art in the Hess gallery and attending a campus reception.

Deborah McDuff and Thea Shapiro make art with materials repurposed from the world’s favorite drinks: tea and coffee. Dresses are sewn from dried tea bags, murals are assembled from coffee filters; and these objects speak to us in turn of people around the world who grow, harvest and produce the things we consume every day.

Says Deborah: “The regions of my origin are Africa, East Asia, Europe and the United States. Materials, whether recycled or new, represent diverse social justice issues.  Through my poetic object making, I invite my audience to become aware of the voices that scream loudly and also the voiceless.”

Thea notes: “Teabags have great meaning for me. I started using them to pay homage to my mother after her stroke. Through using ephemeral, ethereal dried teabags I have learned about the struggles of tea workers.”