Touch

  • John McQueen, Touch, 1987, tied red osier sticks, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 1996.98.7

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Touch expresses what one scholar has called John McQueen's "belief . . . in the tree as the spirit of man." He has built a structure from different colors of willow twigs to suggest skin, arteries, and veins, as if the tree were mutating into a human being. The artist often includes words in his objects to complicate what we see. In this piece, the word "touch" appears in the protrusions near the top, emphasizing both the tactile quality of the basket and the physical effort of the artist as he built it.

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"Silence is the domain of plants as language is the domain of humans." Vicki Halper, speaking of John McQueen's work, 1992
Title
Touch
Artist
Date
1987
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery

Mediums
Mediums Description
tied red osier sticks
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – written matter
Object Number
1996.98.7
Palette
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