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Footed Vessel

1994 Ron Kent Born: Chicago, Illinois 1931 Norfolk Island pine 9 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (23.5 x 26.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1994.103 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B

Luce Center Quote

"My mission is to create and select the silhouette that best interacts with the natural characteristics of each log, highlighting the intrinsic beauties that nature had provided, seeking a harmonious blend." The artist, quoted in "Ron Kent: American Artist in Context," 2003

Luce Center Label

Ron Kent's chosen medium is Norfolk Island pine, an evergreen indigenous to Norfolk Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. The wood can be gold, orange or black in color. Kent exploits the natural translucency of the pine by making his pieces as thin as possible. The gold tones in Footed Vessel are amplified by its thin walls, which allow light to shine through, and the dark grain and knots. As with many of his pieces, Kent did not plan the shape of Footed Vessel beforehand—he allowed the wood's characteristics to dictate its form as he worked.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - pine