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The Memory of Touch

1994 Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend Born: Baltimore, Maryland 1948 blown, cast, formed, engraved, and painted glass 17 x 10 x 10 in. (43.2 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery 1997.55A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A

Luce Center Label

The Memory of Touch was created during a fellowship at Dale Chihuly's Pilchuck Glass School with the help of gaffers Bill Morris and Dante Marioni. The piece explores the five senses: an eye, nose, mouth and ear are engraved onto the scratched surface of the glass, and a cast fragment of a hand lies isolated inside the jar. The transparent glass invites the viewer to look inside the piece, connecting the images around it to the object within.


Allegory - other - memory

Figure - fragment - face

Figure - fragment - hand

Figure - full length

Recreation - sport and play - fencing

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass