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1995 Chris Irick Born: Santa Maria, California 1970 copper, brass, sterling silver, fine silver, bronze 25 3/4 x 1 7/8 x 1 1/4 in. (65.3 x 4.9 x 3.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of Helen B. Ingalls 2003.41A-B Not currently on view

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Egress brings together Chris Irick’s interests in architecture, scientific equipment, and timepieces, and is made to be worn like a watch chain. On one side is a brick tunnel, on the other, a bag hooked to a rope. Irick often creates such environments in her work, and wishes to open “the enigmatic doors or manhole covers of a piece to reveal its tunnels and stairways.” The title may refer to the emergence of the bag from the depths of the tunnel, causing the viewer to wonder what the bag contains and why it was there in the first place.


Architecture - machine

Object - other - container

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - brass

metal - bronze

metal - copper

metal - silver

About Chris Irick

Born: Santa Maria, California 1970