Corona

  • Claire Falkenstein, Corona, 1971, brazed copper and fused glass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection, 1981.109.8

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Claire Falkenstein’s sculptures explore the idea of infinity and often incorporate patterns that seem to move in many different directions with no single destination. She creates open webs and meshes of wire in which the empty space is as important as the network of lines. In Corona, Falkenstein packed small pieces of glass within a tangled wire structure, then fused the whole piece together in a kiln. The arrangement of vibrant colors emphasizes the tightly packed space within the welded frame.

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“The interval, the space between, has always been as important as the form to me.” Claire Falkenstein, American Women Sculptors, 1990

Title
Corona
Artist
Date
1971
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
8 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (21.0 x 31.1 x 19.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection

Mediums
Mediums Description
brazed copper and fused glass
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1981.109.8
Palette
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