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Leaf Basket

1984 Pat Hickman Born: Fort Morgan, Colorado 1941 Lillian Elliott Born: Detroit, Michigan 1930 Died: Berkeley, California 1994 coconut palm sheath, hog casings, acrylic paint, and colored pencil 12 x 11 x 7 3/4 in. (30.5 x 27.9 x 19.7 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 © 1986, Patricia L. Hickman 1998.122.11 Not currently on view


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Lillian Elliott and longtime collaborator Pat Hickman created Leaf Basket to express their individual artistic interests. Hickman especially likes the contrasts of rigid and pliable forms, and her baskets often transform soft, organic materials into surfaces that appear unyielding. Here, the artists colored the coconut palm sheath with acrylic paint and colored pencil so that it looks stiff, as if cast in metal. The curved shapes evoke fossilized plants reaching around and away from the central form, conjuring the motionless trees of a petrified forest.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Fiber

mineral - graphite

plant material - leaves

plastic - acrylic

About Pat Hickman

Born: Fort Morgan, Colorado 1941

About Lillian Elliott

Born: Detroit, Michigan 1930 Died: Berkeley, California 1994

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