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Cephlapod 5

1971 David Gilhooly Born: Auburn, California 1943 Died: Newport, Oregon 2013 white earthenware and glazes 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 in. (10.8 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection 1980.137.30 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50B


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"Animals are strong totemic-type symbols . . . Historically, a totem was an animal or plant with which man could claim blood kinship. In our contemporary sense, a totem is something that means something to us and elicits a reaction we're not even conscious of." David Gilhooly, interview with Jane Goodman in Sacramento Magazine, November 1979

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Cephlapod 5 shows David Gilhooly's interest in the sea. As a child, Gilhooly and his family lived for a time in the Virgin Islands and he dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. The artist believes that animals can evoke emotional responses without the viewer being aware of it. Cephalopods are an ancient group of marine mollusks that appeared millions of years before the first primitive fish began swimming in the ocean. Indeed, Cephlapod 5 looks slimy and repulsive, as though the primordial creature just crawled out of the sea.

Keywords

Animal - fish

sculpture

ceramic

About David Gilhooly

Born: Auburn, California 1943 Died: Newport, Oregon 2013

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