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Huntress

1993 Dan Dailey Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1947 fabricated and patinated bronze and gold plated bronze and cut, polished, and blown glass and plate glass 32 3/8 x 24 x 13 in. (82.3 x 61.0 x 33.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 1994.77 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56B


Luce Center Label

Every piece that Dan Dailey creates begins with a drawing, and he likes to keep some of the two-dimensional elements of the sketch in the final glass sculpture. In Huntress, the hard geometric lines of the female figure came from a drawing, and while she is three-dimensional, the artist made no attempt to make her look realistic. Dailey captured her midthrust as she drives her spear into a spotted glass bubble. He called manipulations like this "planned collisions," when he deforms the glass in its molten stage. Dailey often includes a functional aspect to his sculptures because of his background in design. Huntress also serves as a lamp, and when plugged in, the figure's orange "hair" and the purple orb on the base light up.

Keywords

Figure - full length

Occupation - hunter

decorative arts - furniture

Crafts - Metal

glass

metal - bronze

readymade - light bulb

About Dan Dailey

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1947

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