About the Artist
Shannon Eakins (Seattle) received a 2003 GAP to research potential materials for her sensory sculptures. “My most recent works are wind-up toys cast in precious metals. Casting the materials from unrelated existing toys, they were altered to represent specific animal movements: bobbing, swatting, pulling ears back, and lowering of the head. The work deals with the clash of human versus animal values.” With GAP funding, Eakins seeks to continue her investigations by addressing a broader range of sensory phenomena. “Sound, smell, pulse and body temperature would give a greater richness to the work because it would deal with things that animals are more likely to use to interact with one another.”
Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.