Ghost Plate with Mickey Mouse Ears

  • Jim Melchert, Ghost Plate with Mickey Mouse Ears, 1964, glazed earthenware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 2001.8

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Ghost Plate with Mickey Mouse Ears is Jim Melchert’s favorite piece from a series of works created in 1964. He was inspired by a line from Ingmar Bergman’s film The Silence that reads, “One must tread carefully among the ghosts in your past.” Melchert decorated the plates and jars of this series with masks and used them to work through issues from his past. The ghost in this piece wears a Mickey Mouse hat. This is a playful image, but is also meant to evoke the humiliation of a child wearing a dunce cap.

Title
Ghost Plate with Mickey Mouse Ears
Artist
Date
1964
On View
Dimensions
4 x 14 in. (10.2 x 35.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Mediums Description
glazed earthenware
Classifications
Keywords
  • State of being – phenomenon – occult
  • Architecture – vehicle
  • Cartoon – comics – Mickey Mouse
  • Figure male – full length
  • Figure – head
Object Number
2001.8
Palette
Linked Open Data
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