Merfrog and her Pet Fish

  • David Gilhooly, Merfrog and her Pet Fish, 1979, white earthenware and glazes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Helen Williams Drutt English and H. Peter Stern in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 2007.47.12

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David Gilhooly made his first ceramic frog during a friendly mug-making competition among classmates at the University of California–Davis. This inspired the artist to create a whole civilization composed entirely of frogs, ranging from Napoleon-inspired frog busts to frog-Egyptian gods. Gilhooly originally thought about making pigs, but decided not to, stating: "The trouble with making a PigWorld rather than the FrogWorld was that pigs are 'loaded.' That is, people have a lot of negative ideas that are attached to pigs...." In Merfrog and her Pet Fish, Gilhooly refers to one of his favorite themes, fertility, by creating an absurdly voluptuous frog surrounded by devoted singing companions. (Artist's website, www.davidgilhooly.com, January 2006)

Title
Merfrog and her Pet Fish
Artist
Date
1979
Location
Dimensions
7 x 6 x 7 3/8 in. (17.8 x 15.2 x 18.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Helen Williams Drutt English and H. Peter Stern in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery

Mediums Description
white earthenware and glazes
Classifications
Object Number
2007.47.12
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