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Irving Dominick
Marla
1982
galvanized iron
59 x 35 1/4 x 14 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.



After a lifetime of fabricating gutters, roofs, ductwork for heating and air conditioning systems, and "anything else that could be made from metal," Dominick began making art. Taking a cue from a large tin figure that served as an advertisement on top of his father's sheet metal shop in the Bronx, Dominick began fashioning nonfunctional, imaginative forms. Marla, with her pursed lips, frizzed hair, and curly eyelashes, is an imaginative portrait of his ten-year-old granddaughter.