Born: Kingsburg, California 1911
Died: Quincy, Florida 2000
maple 7 x 5 1/2 in. diam. (17.8 x 14.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Judith and Jonathan Knight
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B
Luce Center Label
Melvin Lindquist was ridiculed by other woodworkers when he first turned bowls with natural edges, splits, and defects, but his willingness to push boundaries helped redefine his craft and ideas of beauty. He often let wood dry up to fifteen years before working with it, which allowed the decaying wood to stabilize. The fine black lines in Untitled are a result of bacteria or fungi in the wood called spalting. Lindquist often used classical forms in his pieces, as in Untitled, highlighting the overall beauty of the wood—imperfections included.
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About Melvin Lindquist
Born: Kingsburg, California 1911 Died: Quincy, Florida 2000
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