Western States Pill Box

  • Christina Y. Smith, Western States Pill Box, 1995, silver, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of Christine L. Droll, 1996.49

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Christina Smith fashions all of her pieces from thick gauge silver to create a sense of permanence and value. She incorporates gesturing silhouettes that invite the viewer into an imaginary conversation or action, and in Western States Pill Box the male figure points toward the circular lid, as if encouraging us to place, or to see, something inside. Most pill boxes have seven compartments (one for each day of the week), but Smith created eight drawers in order to include eight states, which follow a geographic circle around Utah.

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“I really love luxury objects . . . that’s another reason for the silver . . . The piece has to be actually precious . . . it couldn’t be thin or plate.” Smith, quoted in Wagle, “Chris Smith, The Luxury of Stolen Images,” Metalsmith, Spring 1999

Western States Pill Box
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7 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 3/4 in. (19.4 x 6.7 x 1.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of Christine L. Droll

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