Born: Fitzgerald, Georgia 1913
Died: Savannah, Georgia 1990
carved wood 34 × 35 × 7 in. (86.4 × 88.9 × 17.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, West Wing
Ulysses Davis carved this relief sculpture for his wife. Davis plays with words and form by depicting a hart, or mature male deer, bleating to his mate inside a heart-shaped frame. Playful young deer bound around a second border, which is set with additional heart shapes carved in relief. The piece, a departure from Davis’s better-known presidential busts and fantastic animals, speaks about familial love.
Animal - deer
Emblem - heart