Porcupine Basket | Ken Carlson

Porcupine Basket

1993
Copper; woven and oxidized
10 x 9 1/2 in. (25.4 x 24.1 cm)
Lent by the White House
gift of the artist
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

White House Tour (Center Hall)
This elaborately worked copper form illustrates the artist's fascination with the ancient basketry technique of plaiting. The ductile yet structural nature of copper, along with its natural ability to develop a rich green patina, has led Carlson to explore its potential in unusual textured forms.

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Porcupine Basket (Detail)

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