Cut, Flamed, Spalted

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Exhibition Label
Dan Webb consciously integrates medium and process into his emotional narrative. Refined and unfinished textures stress the maker's hand. Spalting, a discoloration in the wood caused by fungus, can be seen in jagged lines across the bicep, while flaming, another grain distortion, shimmers like veins through the tender wrist. These conditions add depth and beauty to the piece, revealing the tree's history while drawing a parallel to the scars of a life lived.
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Renwick Gallery
On View
Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor, Room 202
Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor
2013
Object number
2015.10
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Decorative Arts and Crafts Endowment, the Richard T. Evans Fund, and the Renwick Acquisitions Fund
Artist
Dan Webb, born East Lansing, MI 1965
Topic
Figure\fragment\arm
Medium
maple
Dimensions
18 × 37 × 33 in. (45.7 × 94.0 × 83.8 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Restrictions & Rights
© 2013, Dan Webb
Type
Sculpture
Crafts