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Metamorphosis I

1974 Stella Waitzkin Born: New York, New York 1920 Died: New York, New York 2003 cast polyester resin and sandstone with paint and wood 7 7/8 x 7 3/4 x 9 in. (19.9 x 19.7 x 23.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Stanley Bard 1977.123 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B


Luce Center Quote

"Words are lies. I make the books to get away from the word. When I make the books, I feel like I'm telling folk stories; it's all there inside the book. You don't have to necessarily read it, see, because you already know the whole thing by heart." Artist's statement

Luce Center Label

Metamorphosis I is part of a series of works in which Stella Waitzkin placed masks within the pages of her ceramic books. This sculpture presents three serene faces in three separate volumes. One is open to reveal a passage written by the poet Wordsworth, but the artist obstructed some of the words with glaze and clay, making it impossible to read the entire quote. Waitzkin sculpted letters, manuscripts, envelopes and books, often avoiding the inclusion of words because she felt they could be manipulative and overly suggestive.

Keywords

Figure - fragment - face

Object - written matter - book

decorative arts

Crafts - Clay

paint

plastic - resin

stone - sandstone

wood

cast

About Stella Waitzkin

Born: New York, New York 1920 Died: New York, New York 2003

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