Cob I

  • Nancy Grossman, Cob I, 1980, carved wood, leather, nails, paint, lacquered paint, horn, and lead, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1980, Nancy Grossman, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.38

Exhibition Label
In the 1960s Grossman began carving fetishistic wooden heads that she painted then covered in leather. In Cob I, demonlike horns project from the cranium and metal studs serve as eyes, transforming the individual within into a creature that represents the bestial side of human nature. Grossman speaks here to choice: “Nature gives us one face,” she says; “we make ourselves another.”


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014
Title
Cob I
Artist
Date
1980
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
17 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (45.0 x 23.5 x 26.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved wood, leather, nails, paint, lacquered paint, horn, and lead
Classifications
Keywords
  • Fantasy – monster
  • Figure male – head
Object Number
1986.6.38
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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