Mary Jackson, Low Basket with Handle, 1999, plant material, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Marcia and Alan Docter, 2001.61
Mary Jackson's coiled baskets show her love for African basketmaking traditions as well as her desire to create contemporary designs. This basket has a wide and shallow body that appears more decorative than functional, but the tall arching handle allows the user to carry more than might appear possible. Jackson invested the piece with a lively quality, weaving the handle so that the patterns appear to leap up, creating a graceful arc before returning to the body.
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"The technique is the same; the material is the same as in the traditional baskets; it's just stretching the tradition to the limit of an art form." Artist's statement
Low Basket with Handle
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15 1/2 × 16 3/4 × 16 3/4 in. (39.4 × 42.5 × 42.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Marcia and Alan Docter
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