Pool

Media - 1993.78.4 - SAAM-1993.78.4_1 - 49167
Copied Merry Renk, Pool, ca. 1967, cast and oxidized sterling silver with biwa pearls, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joan Watkins, 1993.78.4

Artwork Details

Title
Pool
Artist
Date
ca. 1967
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
1 141 141 34 in. (3.33.34.5 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Joan Watkins
Mediums
Mediums Description
cast and oxidized sterling silver with biwa pearls
Classifications
Object Number
1993.78.4

Artwork Description

Pool is a design meant to evoke the landscape of California. For this piece, Merry Renk developed an alternative technique of wax casting, in which she dipped cloth into wax and then pinched it around the metal to raise hills and valleys and form a "pool." She oxidized the low surfaces to create the black patina.

Luce Object Quote
"[I]t has been the structure of nature that I love and that I use. And so it draws me and I draw it." Merry Renk, interview, Archives of American Art, 2001