Head Vase with Large Lips

Media - 1995.42.2 - SAAM-1995.42.1-2_1 - 53430
Copied Janet Prip, Head Vase with Large Lips, 1988, cast bronze with relieved and burnished edges, 13 586 582 in. (34.616.85.1 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 1995.42.1, © 1988, Janet Prip

Artwork Details

Title
Head Vase with Large Lips
Artist
Date
1988
Dimensions
13 586 582 in. (34.616.85.1 cm)
Copyright
© 1988, Janet Prip
Credit Line
Gift of the James Renwick Alliance
Mediums
Mediums Description
cast bronze with relieved and burnished edges
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Figure — head
Object Number
1995.42.1

Artwork Description

Janet Prip has created many "head" vases that show stylized faces. She uses the seams in the metal to form the profile of each face, emphasizing an element of the process that many craftsmen try to conceal. The differences between her head vases are very subtle, but the soft curves of Head Vase with Large Lips suggest a female face, while the severe lines of Head Vase with Jagged Hair (see 1995.42.2) indicate a male profile. Prip plays with different features, such as the arch of a nose or the shape of an eye, to endow each of her pieces with a unique personality.