1971 Claire Falkenstein Born: Coos Bay, Oregon 1908 Died: Venice, California 1997 brazed copper and fused glass 8 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (21.0 x 31.1 x 19.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection 1981.109.8 Not currently on view
Luce Center Quote
“The interval, the space between, has always been as important as the form to me.” Claire Falkenstein, American Women Sculptors, 1990
Luce Center Label
Claire Falkenstein’s sculptures explore the idea of infinity and often incorporate patterns that seem to move in many different directions with no single destination. She creates open webs and meshes of wire in which the empty space is as important as the network of lines. In Corona, Falkenstein packed small pieces of glass within a tangled wire structure, then fused the whole piece together in a kiln. The arrangement of vibrant colors emphasizes the tightly packed space within the welded frame.
metal - copper