Leaf Basket

  • Pat Hickman, Lillian Elliott, Leaf Basket, 1984, coconut palm sheath, hog casings, acrylic paint, and colored pencil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Theodore Cohen in memory of his mother and her sisters: Rose Melmon Cohen, Blanche Melmon, Mary Melmon Greenberg and Fanny Melmon Liberman, 1998.122.11, © 1986, Patricia L. Hickman

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Lillian Elliott and longtime collaborator Pat Hickman created Leaf Basket to express their individual artistic interests. Hickman especially likes the contrasts of rigid and pliable forms, and her baskets often transform soft, organic materials into surfaces that appear unyielding. Here, the artists colored the coconut palm sheath with acrylic paint and colored pencil so that it looks stiff, as if cast in metal. The curved shapes evoke fossilized plants reaching around and away from the central form, conjuring the motionless trees of a petrified forest.

Title
Leaf Basket
Artists
Date
1984
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
12 x 11 x 7 3/4 in. (30.5 x 27.9 x 19.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Theodore Cohen in memory of his mother and her sisters: Rose Melmon Cohen, Blanche Melmon, Mary Melmon Greenberg and Fanny Melmon Liberman

Mediums
Mediums Description
coconut palm sheath, hog casings, acrylic paint, and colored pencil
Classifications
Object Number
1998.122.11
Palette
Linked Open Data
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