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Dominic Di Mare     Mourning Station #11

Mourning Station #11
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, patrick and Darle Maveety and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisitions Program
1988, hawthorne wood, horsehair, and feathers, 42 1/2 x 22 x 22 in.

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Dominic Di Mare gathers disparate materials—horsehair, feathers, hawthorn wood, linen, and bone—in a subtle, subdued work that speaks with a powerful and haunting voice. Both the materials and the form suggest an object that might be used in a healing ritual, but Di Mare does not explain.… The enigmatic quality of his work is part of its power.