Lost in Translation

  • Pat Hickman, Lost in Translation, 1995, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 1997.20

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The broken, twisted strands of bronze in Lost in Translation capture the memory of the fibers and twigs that Pat Hickman used to build the original piece. The work evokes a disintegrating basket or vessel, expressing the passage of time and the transience of all living things. Lost in Translation is one of several works that Hickman created to convey her sense of loss after two friends and collaborators, Lillian Elliott and Joanne Segal Brandford, died within days of one another. As powerful as this piece is, the title suggests that it still was not adequate to express Hickman's grief.

Luce Object Quote
"When I visited Lillian the last time, she told me, 'This is as good as it gets.' Finally, for me, collaboration is about loss." Pat Hickman, 1997
Title
Lost in Translation
Artist
Date
1995
Location
Dimensions
21 3/4 x 14 3/4 x 17 in. (55.3 x 37.5 x 43.2 cm) irregular
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Object Number
1997.20
Palette
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