Cut, Flamed, Spalted

  • Dan Webb, Cut, Flamed, Spalted, 2013, maple, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Decorative Arts and Crafts Endowment, the Richard T. Evans Fund, and the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 2015.10, © 2013, Dan Webb

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Dan Webb consciously integrates medium and process into his emotional narrative. Refined and unfinished textures stress the maker's hand. Spalting, a discoloration in the wood caused by fungus, can be seen in jagged lines across the bicep, while flaming, another grain distortion, shimmers like veins through the tender wrist. These conditions add depth and beauty to the piece, revealing the tree's history while drawing a parallel to the scars of a life lived.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Cut, Flamed, Spalted
Artist
Date
2013
Location
Dimensions
18 × 37 × 33 in. (45.7 × 94.0 × 83.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Decorative Arts and Crafts Endowment, the Richard T. Evans Fund, and the Renwick Acquisitions Fund

Mediums Description
maple
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Figure – fragment – arm
Object Number
2015.10
Palette
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