Marriage in Form

Copied Kay Sekimachi, Bob Stocksdale, Marriage in Form, 1996, hornet's nest paper and Pacific yew, A (wooden bowl): 4 × 4 12 × 4 38 in. (10.2 × 11.4 × 11.1 cm) B (paper bowl): 4 18 × 4 34 × 4 58 in. (10.5 × 12.1 × 11.7 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason, 2022.43.1A-B

Artwork Details

Title
Marriage in Form
Date
1996
Dimensions
A (wooden bowl): 4 × 4 12 × 4 38 in. (10.2 × 11.4 × 11.1 cm) B (paper bowl): 4 18 × 4 34 × 4 58 in. (10.5 × 12.1 × 11.7 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason
Mediums
Mediums Description
hornet's nest paper and Pacific yew
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2022.43.1A-B

Artwork Description

Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale were married artists in Berkeley, California. They independently pursued different artistic mediums—Sekimachi is an experimental fiber artist and Stocksdale was a self-taught woodturner. Together, they created Marriage in Form, a pair of sensuous vessels that invite close looking. Sekimachi crafted a tactile, ethereal bowl of hornet’s nest paper and Stocksdale turned a smooth, sturdy bowl of Pacific yew. The pair draws comparison of material and texture, all while implying the artists’ mutual admiration for each other.