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San Blas

1967 Ed Rossbach Born: Chicago, Illinois 1914 Died: Berkeley, California 2002 cotton and linen 72 x 70 in. (182.9 x 177.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Lisa and Dudley Anderson 1994.54 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“I want it to look easy. I want it to look innocent. More and more I don’t want my work to be refined and craftsmanly.” Ed Rossbach, American Craft, April/May 1990

Luce Center Label

The San Blas Archipelago is a group of around four hundred islands off the coast of Panama. The islands are famous for molas, the traditional dress worn by the women of the Kuna Indian tribe. Ed Rossbach was inspired by the vivid colors and elaborate designs used by the Kuna women, and wove San Blas to evoke these native garments. The piece combines brightly colored lines, curves, and flowers to form a cheerful composition, calling to mind the tropical culture of the islands of Panama.

Keywords

Abstract - geometric

Object - flower

decorative arts - fiber

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - cotton

fabric - linen

About Ed Rossbach

Born: Chicago, Illinois 1914 Died: Berkeley, California 2002

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