Forms of Force Ladle

  • Barbara Nilausen-K, Forms of Force Ladle, 1993, sterling silver and 18k gold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Rosanne Rabb and the artist, 1997.11A-B

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Barbara Nilausen-K is interested in Japanese art and philosophy. She uses patterns from Japanese woodblock prints and the graceful kimonos worn in traditional theater. Ladle is inspired by the Japanese idea of chikara no katachi, or “forms of force,” a concept describing shapes in nature that support, suspend, curve, or rise.

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“What I really enjoy about the creative process is when I really get involved with a piece and I lose all sense of time. It’s like I’m in a different place.” Barbara Nilausen-K, 1999

Title
Forms of Force Ladle
Artist
Date
1993
Location
Dimensions
overall: 11 3/4 x 2 1/8 x 2 in. (29.8 x 5.4 x 5.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Rosanne Rabb and the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
sterling silver and 18k gold
Classifications
Object Number
1997.11A-B
Palette
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