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Folded Silhouettes, 1/5 Series

1983 Margie Jervis Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1956 Susie Krasnican Born: Alliance, Ohio 1954 fused plate glass with fired enamels 11 1/4 x 8 1/8 x 7 7/8 in. (28.6 x 20.6 x 20.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Elmerina and Paul Parkman 2000.106.7 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A


Luce Center Quote

"We were thinking about how a two dimensional flat outline can actually represent a three dimensional object. In reaction to that, we decided to make objects in the round from silhouettes." – Joint statement from the artists about Folded Silhouettes, 1/5 Series, 2013

Luce Center Label

In Folded Silhouettes, 1/5 Series, Margie Jervis and Susie Krasnican created an image of two vessels without making traditional vase or bowl forms. They used glass cut-out silhouettes of flat vase shapes and propped them up with another piece of glass perpendicular behind each one. The purple "shadow" of the yellow and pink vase silhouette is painted on the gray vase shape behind it so that their order of placement can never be altered. This creates a trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) effect: at a certain angle, the piece appears to be two three-dimensional vessels.

Keywords

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

enamel

glass

About Margie Jervis

Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1956

About Susie Krasnican

Born: Alliance, Ohio 1954

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