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Oval form with tentacles

Accession Number
2002/2.143

Title
Oval form with tentacles

Artist(s)
Dwayne Rohachuk

Object Creation Date
1992

Medium & Support
ash wood

Dimensions
12 13/16 x 5 in. (32.39 x 12.7 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen

Label copy
Dwayne Rohachuk takes a sculptural and experimental approach to his work. His delicate and poetic pieces reflect a diminishing distinction between technical innovation and the aestheticization of form.
In this untitled work, Rohachuk plays with function, form, and artistic creativity through the fusion of a traditional vase shape with organic plant-like elements, resulting in a work that borders on the impossible. The piece appears lightly rooted to the ground. Its tendrils seem to grow from its base, shoot up and envelope the container like a vine, giving the impression of an exotic plant from a tropical rainforest. At the same time, Rohachuk’s work appears as a surreal being—a transported inhabitant from another place and time— its arms reaching around itself like tentacles.
from the exhibition Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, June 12 – October 3, 2004

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
vessels (containers)
wood (plant material)

1 Related Resource

Cabinet B: Shelf 3
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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