“There are many ways to remember someone. In this series, “Patriarcheology”, I look at the way my grandfathers influenced my creative life. May father”s father, Robert (Rob) Henderson and my mother’s father, Cornelius (Corny) Zabriskie, both had an impact on my early life in different ways – but here I’m focused on my visual memories. Corny gave me my first drawing lesson on perspective. He was a patent lawyer and I have used segments from some of his patent books in my Patent series. The family crest that is seen in this work was designed by Corny and not earned by royal decree. Corny was also an avid wood worker and has made some beautifully simple furniture. I have inherited some of his tools that I use to this day. Rob was a scholar and became head of the main reading room in the New York Public Library. He wrote a book entitled, “Ball, Bat and Bishop, the Origin of Ball Games” He was an excellent chess player and her tried to teach me the game at an early age. I never really got the hang of it but I always enjoyed hanging out on his price in the summer with him”
Stew Henderson was born in Hartford CT in 1954. He received a B.F.A. from the Hartford School of Art. After graduation he apprenticed first to the sculptor Wolfgang Behl in Greenfield, MA, then moved to New Orleans to apprentice with the kinetic sculptor Lin Emery. Henderson settled in Maine in 1981. He received a Pollack-Krasner Foundation grant in 1986. He has taught sculpture at Unity College, Unity, Maine and given workshops on installations in nature at Waterfall Arts in Montville, ME. For a decade from 1983 to 1993 he wrote art reviews for two publications in midcoast Maine, meanwhile exhibiting widely in both solo and group shows. He is currently the Senior Preparator at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine.