Basket BowlArtist(s)Bob WomackObject Creation Date1999Medium & Supportbig leaf maple burlDimensions
14 1/2 x 11 x 7 in. (36.83 x 27.94 x 17.78 cm)Credit LineGift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto BohlenLabel copy
Bob Womack’s creations reflect a harmony between the sculptor and his material. He is best known for his amalgamation of smooth and textured surfaces, of natural and designed forms, and for his use of unusual domestic hardwoods. When selecting the material, careful thought is devoted to its color, texture, grain, and shape.
Womack achieves the organic, asymmetrical shape of Basket Bowl by incorporating free-form carving techniques, using a chainsaw and bandsaw to establish a rough form, followed by smaller tools for the more refined areas. The result is an object that looks as if it was actually grown in nature. In this case, the extraordinary smooth surfaces are played against the naturally occurring burl, creating a drama within the work that enlivens the piece further.
from the exhibition Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, June 12 – October 3, 2004Primary Object ClassificationSculptureCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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