Cactus Botanical with Spirits

  • Paul Stankard, Cactus Botanical with Spirits, 1990, glass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Annie and Mike Belkin, 1992.100

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Paul Stankard often includes tiny figures entwined around the roots of his plants and flowers. These are inspired by twelfth-century woodcuttings that incorporate human forms into botanical images. Stankard writes poems to accompany his work when he feels that his ideas cannot be expressed in glass alone. He describes his process as:

"Oxygen enriched propane

ignites fire, splashes

over glass held melting

mimicking nature . . ." Paul Stankard, Habatat Galleries

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"To some, the rigidity of glass and crystal may seem contrary to the delicacy of a flower, but I believe that, in trained hands, glass is the most perfect substance for perpetuating its transient beauty." Paul Stankard
Title
Cactus Botanical with Spirits
Artist
Date
1990
On View
Dimensions
6 x 3 1/8 x 3 in. (15.3 x 8.0 x 7.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Annie and Mike Belkin

Mediums
Mediums Description
glass
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – plant – cactus
Object Number
1992.100
Palette
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