Succulent Forms

  • Matthew Hollern, Succulent Forms, 2001, fabricated pewter, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 2002.36A-C

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Succulent Forms reflects Matthew Hollern’s interest in bringing organic forms and traditional craft closer together. The soft grain of the pewter catches the light and focuses our eyes on the transitions between different parts, so that the gentle flares of folded metal meet the body of the candlestick and lead the eye up to the taper cup. Hollern has transformed the elegant, formal silhouette of a candlestick into a shape that seems to have grown naturally.

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“The functional object . . . is a daily reflection and appreciation of the beauty in our lives. Unique functional objects transcend mundane activities and enhance our lives with simple pleasures.” Artist’s statement

Title
Succulent Forms
Artist
Date
2001
On View
Dimensions
part A: 20 x 8 x 6 in. (50.8 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm)
part B: 18 x 8 x 6 in. (45.7 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm)
part C: 14 x 8 x 6 in. (35.6 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund

Mediums Description
fabricated pewter
Classifications
Object Number
2002.36A-C
Palette
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