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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Masterminds Finalist Anastasia Winter Schipani

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 1:34 PM

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This Thursday SF Weekly will be hosting Artopia, an art show at Project One featuring the 10 finalists in our annual Masterminds contest. That night, we'll award $2,500 grants to three lucky artists. In the meantime, we'll be previewing the works of the works of the finalists here on All Shook Down.

A huge, blackish, embroidered koi pond; a manzanita-branch-based sculpture; and a couple of psychedelic battle pillows inhabit the truly strange world of Anastasia Winter Schipani's art.

The longtime local and San Francisco Art Institute alum is obsessed with matadors and bulls and their death fights -- not too ladylike. Yet her work is often sewn or even worn, and nothing says "girl ghetto" like cotton batting and shiny thread. Thus Schipani holds a weird place in any art context, and we like that. Particularly amazing are her large-scale tapestries, which draw from the wall-hanging traditions of the Renaissance and the Middle Ages, but which are pointedly modern in theme.

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