Obsession

  • Ronna Neuenschwander, Obsession, 1998, painted and sawdust-fired earthenware with terra sigillata, cut and formed tin, and teeth, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art, 1998.136

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Ronna Neuenschwander’s sculptures of the human figure tell the stories of the people of Mali. In Obsession, a man is biting into his wrist while stretching away from his other hand, which is withered and small. This obvious reference to hunger contrasts with the garish collage of food labels that make up the figure’s outfit. In this way, the artist calls attention to the abundance that Westerners take for granted.

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“The untold stories of family, friends, neighbors, and passers-by of differing ‘worlds’ must intersect at some point for us to flourish rather than merely survive. This is what I value [in] my art.” Ronna Neuenschwander, 2002

Title
Obsession
Artist
Date
1998
On View
Dimensions
16 1/2 x 15 x 13 1/2 in. (41.9 x 38.1 x 34.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art

Mediums
Mediums Description
painted and sawdust-fired earthenware with terra sigillata, cut and formed tin, and teeth
Classifications
Keywords
  • State of being – illness – insanity
  • Figure male – full length
  • Ethnic – African-American
Object Number
1998.136
Palette
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