Lillian Elliott, Wind Form, 1989, string, acrylic, tapa, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 1996.42
From 1989 to 1992, Lillian Elliott created a number of works from the bark of birches, willows, palms and other plants, which she manipulated as a ceramist shapes clay. In Wind Form the painted and natural tapa bark cloth encloses space, showing Elliott's interest in the way objects suggest an "inside" and "outside" to the viewer. The broken lines of stitching function as a kind of drawing, emphasizing the contours and angles of the material.
Luce Object Quote"I think I could construct a basket out of anything, though it might take me longer with some materials than with others. I especially like the combination of unlikely materials." Artist's statement, 1989
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15 1/2 x 34 3/4 x 13 1/4 in. (39.4 x 88.3 x 33.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund
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