Four Winds, Two Poles

  • Sharon Doughtie, Four Winds, Two Poles, 2005, Norfolk island pine, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jeffrey Bernstein, M.D. and Judith Chernoff, M.D., 2021.66.8

This bowl contains Sharon Doughtie’s deeply personal story of survival. In the early 1990s, she and her husband, woodturner Pat Kramer, experienced a volcanic eruption on Hawai’i Island. Doughtie felt lava splattering around her, and she was seriously injured by the impact of a rock. And yet, Doughtie recalled, it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen — the birth of land.” She turned this bowl to reinforce her connection to the earth. The Celtic knotwork pattern symbolizes the wind circulating around the two poles of Earth.


This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022

Title
Four Winds, Two Poles
Artist
Date
2005
Location
Dimensions
3 × 9 in. (7.6 × 22.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Jeffrey Bernstein, M.D. and Judith Chernoff, M.D.

Mediums
Mediums Description
Norfolk island pine
Classifications
Object Number
2021.66.8
Palette
Linked Open Data
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