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Betty Woodman

Kimono Vases: Evening
1990
earthenware
31 x 22 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.; and 31 x 23 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase made possible by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program

Betty Woodman's Kimono Vases: Evening are part of a series that explores the progression of sunlight. One side is glazed with dark colors reminiscent of night, and the other side has pastel hues evoking dusk or dawn. The artist energizes the two vases by applying forms that evoke flowing kimono sleeves. When the works are displayed, they create lively spatial exchanges. Like many artists in contemporary craft, Woodman draws from the past and from other cultures for inspiration. These vases show her use of Italian majolica painting and Japanese costume and textile traditions.