Spirit

  • Brad Sells, Spirit, 2000, maple burl, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Donald and Mrs. Sue M. Spicer, 2001.54

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Brad Sells begins his sculptures by carving away large chunks of wood with a chainsaw. He spends the next few days using customized electric grinders and sanders to open up the form. Finally, Sells hand-sands the pieces and coats them with a mixture of polyurethane varnish and natural oils to produce a semigloss finish. Spirit is carved from a maple burl, which is an outgrowth from the trunk or branch of the tree. Sells highlighted the irregularities of the burl by retaining a jagged edge on his vessel.

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"I diligently sought to refine the process of vessel carving when I began my career as an artist, and the result was this unique procedure, which I pioneered by relying heavily on personally modified tools, advice of colleagues and keen determination." The artist, quoted in The Herald Citizen, 2002
Title
Spirit
Artist
Date
2000
On View
Dimensions
12 1/4 × 25 1/2 × 16 1/8 in. (31.0 × 64.7 × 40.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dr. Donald and Mrs. Sue M. Spicer

Mediums
Mediums Description
maple burl
Classifications
Object Number
2001.54
Palette
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