Assemblage with Found Objects

  • Simon Sparrow, Assemblage with Found Objects, after 1960, carved and painted wood with collaged pieces of costume jewelry, keychains..., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1998.84.33

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Simon Sparrow believed his images came from God, and before he started to paint, he would let his mind go blank so the spirit could enter. He described this process as "sweeter than anything on earth . . . I feel like I’m climbing." He did not paint representational portraits, but used a variety of found objects instead to create glittering images of people's souls. He related his method to West African traditions, in which the gods have "inner eyes" to see much more than just physical appearance. ("Paul Schmeizer examines the mystery art and ministry of Simon Sparrow," Raw Vision, No. 34)

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"I don't copy. When I draw a person, I'm drawing the mystery form of that person." Simon Sparrow, "Paul Schmeizer examines the mystery art and ministry of Simon Sparrow," Raw Vision, No. 34
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Assemblage with Found Objects
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Date
after 1960
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

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carved and painted wood with collaged pieces of costume jewelry, keychains...
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  • Abstract
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1998.84.33
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ca. 1968-1983
glitter, molded plastic, jewelry, shell, beads, and found objects on wood; artist-made painted wood frame

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