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Lattice Physalia

1982 Stephen Dee Edwards Born: Santa Monica, California 1954 glass 13 3/8 x 14 1/2 x 8 3/8 in. (34.0 x 36.9 x 22.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Stephen Aarons, Barbara Aarons Fineblum, and Charles Fineblum in memory of their uncle, Henry B. Cohen 1983.87 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56A

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"The natural color combinations, eroded surfaces and aquatic motion are interpreted to form an emotional response to the sea and the Physalia. It is the transformation of my love for the sea into my love for hot glass." Stephen Dee Edwards

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Through years of looking into tide pools and spending time at the beach, Stephen Dee Edwards has developed a unique sense of color and form. His sculptures are inspired by the vibrant color of coral and the graceful rippling shapes of sea anemones. Lattice Physalia appears to sway with the ocean current, rooted by its deceptively flimsy stem. The surface detail encourages closer inspection and creates the feeling of being submerged, as if diving through a surreal underwater landscape.



decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass


About Stephen Dee Edwards

Born: Santa Monica, California 1954