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Forms of Force Ladle

1993 Barbara Nilausen-K Born: Iowa City, Iowa 1946 sterling silver and 18k gold overall: 11 3/4 x 2 1/8 x 2 in. (29.8 x 5.4 x 5.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Rosanne Rabb and the artist 1997.11A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B

Luce Center Quote

“What I really enjoy about the creative process is when I really get involved with a piece and I lose all sense of time. It’s like I’m in a different place.” Barbara Nilausen-K, 1999

Luce Center Label

Barbara Nilausen-K is interested in Japanese art and philosophy. She uses patterns from Japanese woodblock prints and the graceful kimonos worn in traditional theater. Ladle is inspired by the Japanese idea of chikara no katachi, or “forms of force,” a concept describing shapes in nature that support, suspend, curve, or rise.


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About Barbara Nilausen-K

Born: Iowa City, Iowa 1946