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Spear Spoon

1997 Norm Sartorius Born: Salisbury, Maryland 1947 African blackwood 7/8 x 20 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (2.2 x 53 x 6.4 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) © 1997, Norm Sartorius 2003.60.51 Not currently on view

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"A finished spoon is as smooth and detailed as a fine piece of jewelry." Artist's statement

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Norm Sartorius uses the natural form of the wood to define each spoon's shape, and in this piece we can still see where another branch forked away from the handle. The narrow, pointed bowl and thin handle evoke a weapon, as if this spoon were designed to be thrown at an enemy rather than used for the simple tasks of cooking and eating. The contrasts between light and dark wood emphasize the piece's sleek form and simple design, while the ridges along the handle form a comfortable grip for the user.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - blackwood

About Norm Sartorius

Born: Salisbury, Maryland 1947

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