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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Glass: Acinonyx jubatus (Cheetah)
Acinonyx jubatus (Cheetah)

Acinonyx jubatus (Cheetah)
Mark Matthews
hot glass and Graal technique
2 1/4 in. (5.8 cm) diam.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist and family in honor of Francis M. Greenwell

Hear staff member Georgina talk about Mark Matthews and his marbles 1.2MB

"They seem to have touched a nerve, people are drawn to these patterns." Mark Matthews, Victoria and Albert Museum press release, 1996

The Exotic Mammal Pelt Spheres were made using the Swedish Graal process. A photograph of the flat animal pelt is manipulated and transferred to the glass so the image can be sandblasted onto the surface. The marbles are sized in proportion to the size of each animal and the opposing poles of the design correspond to the neck and tail of the pelt.

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