Random Order XIII

Media - 2021.41.2 - SAAM-2021.41.2_1 - 143004
Copied Dawn Nichols Walden, Random Order XIII, 2006, cedar bark, cedar roots, bera grasses, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Robert and Sharon Buchanan, 2021.41.2

Artwork Details

Title
Random Order XIII
Date
2006
Dimensions
overall: 23 34 × 14 12 in. (60.3 × 36.8 cm) [irregular]
Credit Line
Gift of Robert and Sharon Buchanan
Mediums
Mediums Description
cedar bark, cedar roots, bera grasses
Keywords
  • Object — other — container
Object Number
2021.41.2

Artwork Description

Baskets by Dawn Nichols Walden often comprise two layers. The inner substrate is made with a traditional plain-woven cedar bark sourced in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Walden devised the unconventional exterior pattern: a dense matrix of interwoven cedar bark and beargrass fibers that radiate freely, in a “random order,” from a central cedar root medallion.


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