1983 Pat Hickman Born: Fort Morgan, Colorado 1941 Lillian Elliott Born: Detroit, Michigan 1930 Died: Berkeley, California 1994 reeds, waxed linen thread, hog casings, acrylic paint and india ink 8 1/2 x 15 x 12 1/4 in. (21.7 x 38.2 x 31.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of an anonymous donor 1984.79 Not currently on view
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The form and materials of this piece suggest the source of the title chosen by Pat Hickman and Lillian Elliott. The waxed linen thread rests on a flexible armature of reeds tied together with lengths of hog casings, creating a form that resembles both a basin and a yurt (tent dwelling) turned inside out. The organic materials, taken from plants and animals, and the evocations of food and shelter convey an image of a nomadic people who rely on the natural environment to survive.
Crafts - Fiber
fabric - linen
paint - acrylic