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Lost in Translation

1995 Pat Hickman Born: Fort Morgan, Colorado 1941 bronze 21 3/4 x 14 3/4 x 17 in. (55.3 x 37.5 x 43.2 cm) irregular Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund 1997.20 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B

Luce Center Quote

"When I visited Lillian the last time, she told me, 'This is as good as it gets.' Finally, for me, collaboration is about loss." Pat Hickman, 1997

Luce Center Label

The broken, twisted strands of bronze in Lost in Translation capture the memory of the fibers and twigs that Pat Hickman used to build the original piece. The work evokes a disintegrating basket or vessel, expressing the passage of time and the transience of all living things. Lost in Translation is one of several works that Hickman created to convey her sense of loss after two friends and collaborators, Lillian Elliott and Joanne Segal Brandford, died within days of one another. As powerful as this piece is, the title suggests that it still was not adequate to express Hickman's grief.


decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - bronze

About Pat Hickman

Born: Fort Morgan, Colorado 1941

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