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Therman Statom

Arabian Seasons
glass with mixed media
42 1/2 x 36 x 4 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase made possible by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program

Therman Statom uses plate glass to create a box for his array of found objects and expressive painting and drawing. Arabian Seasons is part of the tradition of assemblage in which artists gather unrelated objects and present them in a new context. All of the objects had associations before they were married in this work, giving them new meaning. The piece can be enjoyed and contemplated for its composition, colors, textures, and play of light, and for the associations that each object conveys. We are left to reach conclusions about the meaning based on a knowledge of symbols in our culture.