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Pond Dreamer

1985 Michael Lucero Born: Tracy, California 1953 glazed earthenware assembled: 31 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 21 3/4 in. (80.0 x 74.9 x 55.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John and Earlene Taylor 1997.50A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54A

Luce Center Quote

"[The dreamers are] a private Eden that seems to have been mapped on the clay by the unfurling dream . . . To walk around one of them is to see the sights of a long trip through a wildly varied terrain." Carter Ratcliff, Art in America, June 1997)

Luce Center Label

Pond Dreamer is part of Michael Lucero's Dreamers series of large sleeping heads painted to show their dreams. The artist has cut away the top of the head to allow the dreamer's thoughts to spill out onto his face. A large blue and green swirling pond resembling a fingerprint dominates the busy surface of the sculpture. Lucero's Pond Dreamer contrasts the apparent serenity of the sleeping face with the activity painted on the surface.


Landscape - imaginary

Landscape - lake - pond

State of being - phenomenon - dream

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - earthenware

About Michael Lucero

Born: Tracy, California 1953