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Cactus Botanical with Spirits

1990 Paul Stankard Born: Attleboro, Massachusetts 1943 glass 6 x 3 1/8 x 3 in. (15.3 x 8.0 x 7.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Annie and Mike Belkin 1992.100 Renwick Gallery
2nd Floor, Room 206

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"To some, the rigidity of glass and crystal may seem contrary to the delicacy of a flower, but I believe that, in trained hands, glass is the most perfect substance for perpetuating its transient beauty." Paul Stankard

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Paul Stankard often includes tiny figures entwined around the roots of his plants and flowers. These are inspired by twelfth-century woodcuttings that incorporate human forms into botanical images. Stankard writes poems to accompany his work when he feels that his ideas cannot be expressed in glass alone. He describes his process as:

"Oxygen enriched propane

ignites fire, splashes

over glass held melting

mimicking nature . . ." Paul Stankard, Habatat Galleries


Landscape - plant - cactus

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass


About Paul Stankard

Born: Attleboro, Massachusetts 1943

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