Collected Work

Automata by Cecilia Schiller

Seeking Solace and Inspiration in the Office of Doctor Flowers

In the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic it’s not uncommon for anyone to be seeking solace and inspiration.  I found mine in the office of Doctor Flowers.  Sometimes all we need is someone to patiently listen to our troubles in order to connect with our own inner strength and “Flowering”. This piece is heavy…

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Automata by Cecilia Schiller

IL MAGO

IL MAGO (The Magician) was commissioned by Paula DeCosse as a surprise gift to commemorate her husband Cy’s 90th birthday.  Cy DeCosse is a celebrated artist in Minneapolis. 

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Night and Day in the North Woods, Interactive sculpture by Cecilia Schiller

Night and Day in the North Woods

The interactive sculpture Night and Day in the North Woods was installed in the Children’s Hospital’s Palliative Clinic. The cabinet holds a diorama of a northern woods scene with a waterfall. 

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Oh Deer!

I made several smaller pieces with only one deer and decided a mother deer with her fawns running at different speeds and with a backdrop of woods would make a nice piece.

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Interactive Public Art by Cecilia Schiller

Catch a Wave

While workshopping plans for the mini-golf course hole Catchin’ a Wave I made a smaller table top version. I realized that it would be a fun piece on its own, but decided to substitute ping pong balls in place of golf balls.

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A Walk in the Park

One day while passing through a park I watched people playing with their little dogs who became airborne while running. I thought they looked so joyful and funny that it would make a good automaton.

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The Nose Knows by Cecilia Schiller

The Nose Knows

My intentions with The Nose Knows was to create movement in a figure 8. It took some experimentation and some sleep, as I woke up one morning with the mechanism clearly in my mind. Originally, my plan was to conceal the mechanism, but upon seeing how interesting it is I replaced the top with a glass surface instead.

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Dragon Emerges from the Sea

Dragons represent a primordial force, one that with the flip of a tail can create tidal waves. I wanted to produce a movement both sinuous and mesmerizing. It a few tries with different types of mechanisms before I found the right one. Additionally, I love to carve scales and this creature has thousands!

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Interactive sculpture by Cecilia Schiller

Good Morning Sunshine

“Good Morning Sunshine” is an interactive diorama with four different animations. It was installed in Celebration Hall of the Mother/Baby Center alongside of Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis in January of 2013.

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Center of the Universe by Cecilia Schiller

Center of the Universe

A bit of a play on words. But then again, if space continues in all directions for infinity, you are at the center of the universe. Comes equipped to hang on the wall.

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Automata by Cecilia Schiller

The Beast

I used a scissors-like action to thrust the bird out of the jaws of a smug looking dragon but not fast enough to escape his grasp. This piece was featured in the 38th Toys Designed by Artists, a juried show at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Wake Up and Smell the Roses (for Her)

After creating Wake Up and Smell the Roses (for Him) I felt it was important to have gender equity.

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Automata by Cecilia Schiller

Monkey Man Talks and Thinks at the Same Time

Monkey Man was inspired by my experience studying mask carving in Bali, Indonesia. He is a clown and my alter ego. His short stubby blond hair is reminiscent of when I wore my hair short and it would stand up on top.

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Wake Up and Smell the Roses (for Him)

Wake up and Smell the Roses humorously reminds up to take time to smell the roses while we still can. It also doubles as a cremation urn for when the time comes that we can no longer smell the roses.

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