If you are unable to come to UMMA in person due to illness, quarantine, etc., you can choose a work from this set of surrealist and surrealist-adjacent pieces from the UMMA collection. 
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Cradles in the Sea

Accession Number
2003/2.82

Title
Cradles in the Sea

Artist(s)
William Moore; Christian Burchard

Object Creation Date
2002

Medium & Support
patinated copper, madrone burl

Dimensions
13 3/4 x 6 x 4 1/2 in. (34.9 x 15.2 x 11.4 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen

Label copy
In Cradles in the Sea, William Moore and Christian Burchard experiment with combining wood and copper in a seamless union of materials exposing the depth of human imagination. Moore’s carefully patinated copper, joined with Burchard’s extremely thin gourd-like wooden forms, creates a piece evocative of a fantastic sea creature or plant: alive, appearing to dance on its long tapering stems. The assembled piece is surreal and whimsical, but nonetheless retains a strong rational form. It is alluring because it seems to belong to a world separate from ours. Despite its alien nature, it remains familiar.
Receiving degrees from the University of Michigan, William Moore has spent many years exploring the sculptural potential of the vessel form, often using a combination of wood and non-ferrous metal turned on the lathe. Both the form and choice of materials play a role in the reception of the piece created. Christian Burchard has been working with Pacific madrone burl for several years. He likes the way it changes when it dries, allowing the wood to “find its own shape.” The resultant form is often warped, creating “attitude, gesture, and, when grouping these shapes together, relationships.”
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
fantasy (imagination)
vessels (containers)
wood (plant material)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet B ➜ Shelf 2