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The Works Of Literary Icons Used To Create Sculptural Figures At Mattatuck

The Works Of Literary Icons Used To Create Sculptural Figures At Mattatuck

A gallery at Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury is full of ghosts of literary icons both real and fictional: Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Colonial-era preacher Jonathan Edwards, Nathaniel Hawthorne and his most famous creation, Hester Prynne.

Lesley Dill’s tall, elongated sculptural figures, which hang from the ceiling, are artistic representations of those legendary writers. On their clothes, Dill stencils segments from some of their most famous works.

Dill, 68, began her artistic exploration of Dickinson and company about 28 years ago, when her mother gave her book of Dickinson’s poetry.

“I thought oh no, I don’t really like poetry. Then I opened the book and started to...

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