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about 1988 Lillian Elliott Born: Detroit, Michigan 1930 Died: Berkeley, California 1994 rattan, coconut palm midribs, and waxed linen thread 39 x 12 1/2 x 10 in. (99.1 x 31.8 x 25.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Theodore Cohen in memory of his mother and her sisters: Rose Melmon Cohen, Blanche Melmon, Mary Melmon Greenberg and Fanny Melmon Liberman 1998.122.7 Not currently on view

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In Floor Basket, the artist wove just enough of a structure to enclose an empty space. It is an example of Lillian Elliott's desire to create objects that appeared to be drawn in the air. The gestural strands of rattan at the top suggest the organic energy of the materials, as though the fibers were at an unfinished state of weaving themselves into a vessel. After Elliott died of cancer, her collaborator Pat Hickman wove a similar basket, Lost in Translation, to memorialize the creative energy of her friend.


decorative arts

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - thread

plant material - sisal