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The Plains

1990 Ed Rossbach Born: Chicago, Illinois 1914 Died: Berkeley, California 2002 ash, bark, cotton, paint, string, and rice paper 14 3/4 x 11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. (37.5 x 29.5 x 21.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld 2002.8.11 Renwick Gallery
2nd Floor, Room 203

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In the mid-1980s, Ed Rossbach began to create baskets made out of folded and stapled bark, often decorated with drawings or commercially produced illustrations applied with a heat-transfer process. The Plains is one of the most intensely colored examples from this group, which offer historical and pop-cultural images of Plains animals and Native Americans. Rossbach and his wife, Katherine Westphal, collected these as they traveled across the country, researching different textile traditions.


Animal - buffalo

Landscape - plain

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood


wood - ash