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Double Lotus

1995 Brenda Behrens Born: Topeka, Kansas 1940 myrtle 4 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (10.8 x 22.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003) © 1995, Brenda Behrens 2003.60.1 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"Working at my carving bench, those are my happiest hours; the peacefulness, the creativeness. I love to hear the stroke of the tool through the wood." Brenda Behrens, Women in Woodworking, 2004

Luce Center Label

Double Lotus is crafted from the myrtle wood that Brenda Behrens favors for its stability and range of color. She uses only traditional carving techniques to create a textured, decorative surface that contrasts with the smoothness of the turned body. Behrens integrates different leaf forms into the flowing lines and shapes that are unique to each piece of wood.


Object - flower - lotus

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - myrtle

About Brenda Behrens

Born: Topeka, Kansas 1940