Bookmobile

  • Sylvia Hyman, Bookmobile, 2008, porcelain, stoneware, underglazes, silver leaf, adhesive, and paint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Morgan Keegan and Co., Inc., 2009.45

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Sylvia Hyman began creating trompe l'oeil pieces in 1967. Trompe l'oeil, which is French for "fool the eye," refers to a highly realistic illusion that causes the viewer to question the reality of what they are seeing. At first glance, Bookmobile appears to be eleven random books stored haphazardly in a corrugated cardboard box, yet Hyman skillfully sculpted it entirely out of porcelain and stoneware. Each book somehow relates to the artist and her family in a kind of self-portrait.

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"I want this work to bring into question the usual assumptions about works of art in general and sculpture in particular. I'm thinking about the nature of reality and erroneous perceptions. The porcelain clay may look just like paper or the stoneware clay may look just like wood but that's the medium and not the message." Artist's statement
Title
Bookmobile
Artist
Date
2008
On View
Dimensions
14 x 18 x 14 1/2 in. (35.6 x 45.7 x 36.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Morgan Keegan and Co., Inc.

Mediums
Mediums Description
porcelain, stoneware, underglazes, silver leaf, adhesive, and paint
Classifications
Object Number
2009.45
Palette
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