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Wind Form

1989 Lillian Elliott Born: Detroit, Michigan 1930 Died: Berkeley, California 1994 tapa bark cloth, acrylic paint, and waxed linen thread 15 1/2 x 34 3/4 x 13 1/4 in. (39.4 x 88.3 x 33.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund 1996.42 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

"I think I could construct a basket out of anything, though it might take me longer with some materials than with others.  I especially like the combination of unlikely materials."  Artist's statement, 1989

Luce Center Label

From 1989 to 1992, Lillian Elliott created a number of works from the bark of birches, willows, palms and other plants, which she manipulated as a ceramist shapes clay. In Wind Form the painted and natural tapa bark cloth encloses space, showing Elliott's interest in the way objects suggest an "inside" and "outside" to the viewer. The broken lines of stitching function as a kind of drawing, emphasizing the contours and angles of the material.

Keywords

Abstract

Allegory - element - air

decorative arts

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - string

fabric - tapa

paint - acrylic