Wind Form

  • Lillian Elliott, Wind Form, 1989, tapa bark cloth, acrylic paint, and waxed linen thread, 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.

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
Title
Wind Form
Artist
Date
1989
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
15 1234 3413 14 in. (39.488.333.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
tapa bark cloth, acrylic paint, and waxed linen thread
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – element – air
  • Abstract
Object Number
1996.42
Palette
Linked Open Data
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