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Lady in Blue and Yellow Dress by Viola Frey / American Art
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Lady in Blue and Yellow Dress

1983 Viola Frey Born: Lodi, California 1933 Died: Oakland, California 2004 glazed earthenware overall: approx. 107 x 28 x 33 in. (271.8 x 71.1 x 83.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 1994.37.2A-G Not currently on view



Luce Center Quote

"I don't like things that are slick. I like things with a little bit of awkwardness." The artist, quoted in Viola Frey, exhibition catalogue, Fresno Art Museum, 1991

Luce Center Label

Viola Frey once said that she sculpted figures because in her hometown of Lodi, California, there was nothing else to portray but the women in printed dresses walking through town on Sundays. Lady in Blue and Yellow Dress also recalls the Asian and pre-Columbian sculptures that the artist admired (Viola Frey, exhibition catalogue, Fresno Art Museum, 1991). The figure makes a gesture with her hands that in Japanese and Chinese statuary symbolizes speaking or singing. After her first two attempts collapsed, Frey began creating her monumental works out of individual pieces of fired clay that, when fitted together, stabilized the sculptures so that they would not fail.

Keywords

Figure female - full length

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic

metal

About Viola Frey

Born: Lodi, California 1933 Died: Oakland, California 2004

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