Folded Silhouettes, 15 Series

  • Margie Jervis, Susie Krasnican, Folded Silhouettes, 1/5 Series, 1983, fused plate glass with fired enamels, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Elmerina and Paul Parkman, 2000.106.7

In Folded Silhouettes, 15 Series, Margie Jervis and Susie Krasnican created an image of two vessels without making traditional vase or bowl forms. They used glass cut-out silhouettes of flat vase shapes and propped them up with another piece of glass perpendicular behind each one. The purple shadow” of the yellow and pink vase silhouette is painted on the gray vase shape behind it so that their order of placement can never be altered. This creates a trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) effect: at a certain angle, the piece appears to be two three-dimensional vessels. 
We were thinking about how a two dimensional flat outline can actually represent a three dimensional object. In reaction to that, we decided to make objects in the round from silhouettes.” – Joint statement from the artists about Folded Silhouettes, 15 Series, 2013
Folded Silhouettes, 15 Series
11 148 187 78 in. (28.620.620.0 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Elmerina and Paul Parkman

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fused plate glass with fired enamels
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