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Hana Valley, First View, from the "Peaks and Valleys Series"

1995-1997 Derek A. Bencomo Born: Torrance, California 1962 milo 8 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 15 1/2 in. (22.3 x 40.1 x 39.4 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) 2003.60.2 Not currently on view

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"As I look at the curves of my work I can see myself sliding down the face of a wave. Looking at how the lip of the vessel folds over reminds me of the lip of a wave curling over me. As you hold one of my pieces up to your ear you can almost hear the roar of the sea." Derek Bencomo, 2002

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The soft folds and delicate curved edges of Derek Bencomo's vessels evoke the island landscape of Maui. Hana Valley twists and flows with the grain of the wood and natural flaws have been integrated to become elegant features. Bencomo often turns and carves a solid piece of wood and enjoys the fact that only he knows what it looked like before he started to work.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - milo

About Derek A. Bencomo

Born: Torrance, California 1962

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