Bearded Iris-Cobalt

  • Mary Carroll, Bearded Iris-Cobalt, 1996, polychrome glazed hand-built earthenware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist in honor of Frederick William Robert Hunt, 1998.54

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Mary Carroll built the ornate and colorful Bearded Iris-Cobalt using coils and slabs of clay. She created the flower's texture by pressing the clay into molds made from savoy cabbage, whose leaves resemble iris petals. The colors and forms of the fully opened blooms evoke sensuality and boldness, strength and delicacy. Carroll uses anywhere from eight to ten layers of glaze, in a pot saturated in bold color, creating a glistening patch of flowers.

Luce Object Quote
"I like the idea of taking something ordinary and transforming it into a fantasy object. Van Gogh successfully suggests movement in his paintings of iris and I wanted to do the same thing in three dimensions." Artist quoted in a letter to Kenneth Trapp, May 1998
Title
Bearded Iris-Cobalt
Artist
Date
1996
On View
Dimensions
18 x 18 x 17 1/4 in. (45.8 x 45.8 x 43.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist in honor of Frederick William Robert Hunt

Mediums
Mediums Description
polychrome glazed hand-built earthenware
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – flower – iris
Object Number
1998.54
Palette
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