1954 Morris Graves Born: Fox Valley, Oregon 1910 Died: Loleta, California 2001 watercolor on paper mounted on paper sheet: 18 1/4 x 26 3/8 in. (46.2 x 66.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.37 Not currently on view
Graves combined nature with Asian philosophy in Hibernation. This painting depicts an adult mink resting in a fetal position. It is surrounded by a glowing egg, or “Yoga mandala,” which, according to Graves, “blooms” as a result of the mink’s “intense isolation.” Hibernation manifests the artist’s displeasure with the industrial world and his appreciation for rural solitude and the spellbinding quiet of nature.
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009
State of being - other - sleep
paint - watercolor
paper - japanese paper
About Morris Graves
Born: Fox Valley, Oregon 1910 Died: Loleta, California 2001