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Ghost Plate with Mickey Mouse Ears

1964 Jim Melchert Born: New Bremen, Ohio 1930 glazed earthenware 4 x 14 in. (10.2 x 35.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 2001.8 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54A


Luce Center Label

Ghost Plate with Mickey Mouse Ears is Jim Melchert’s favorite piece from a series of works created in 1964. He was inspired by a line from Ingmar Bergman’s film The Silence that reads, “One must tread carefully among the ghosts in your past.” Melchert decorated the plates and jars of this series with masks and used them to work through issues from his past. The ghost in this piece wears a Mickey Mouse hat. This is a playful image, but is also meant to evoke the humiliation of a child wearing a dunce cap.

Keywords

Architecture - vehicle

Cartoon - comics - Mickey Mouse

Figure male - full length

Figure - head

State of being - phenomenon - occult

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

About Jim Melchert

Born: New Bremen, Ohio 1930