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September 2014 - Houston

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A window niche holds the artist's trove of pottery, alongside handmade arrow sculptures by Fredericks + Mae, a gift from her sis. Right: Studio time. All sorts of discoveries from times gone by, always well-used and well-worn, stand ready for transformation into a future sculpture. Left: The studio, a temple to calibrated organization. Top: The artist in her bedroom, with a portrait of her paternal grandmother, from Cuero, Texas, dressed as a Spanish contessa. Over the bed, a work by Houston painter Kristen Cliburn. Below: An expanse of studio. What more could an artist ask for? Cusack had her first party here in May 2012, to celebrate its completion. Schwinn bikes circa 1950s line the back deck to the studio. This column: On the southern wall of the studio, a sculpture (center) will soon be delivered to a couple for their new house. It gracefully combines two unlikely items, a delicate vintage shawl and the rusted bottom of a 55-gallon barrel. Tools, drawers and her dad's cigar boxes line a work cabinet. Mod '60s chrome chairs upholstered in cowhide, from Houston's Fabulous Flea The artist's assemblage Paint by Numbers, 2013 Cusack's study is an exercise in refinement. Note, "Campfire Stories" series sculpture, Embers, 2009 (back right).

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