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Maker: David Ellsworth, American, born 1944

Intersphere in Green “Solstice Series”

1991

Scorched ash with red and green dye

7 1/2 × 13 × 7 1/2in. (19.05 × 33.02 × 19.05 cm)
Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason, in memory of George Z. Mason, M.F. 1911
2006.216.1
David Ellsworth began scorching and painting his vessels in 1990. Here, the hole formed by the knot and the uneven edge respond to the inherent qualities of the wood. Ellsworth juxtaposes this with a vividly dyed interior and scorched exterior with a green stripe. This tension between the naturalistic and synthetic show the influence of Postmodern design on Ellsworth’s work.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Containers - Wood
Geography: 
Made in Quakertown, Pennsylvania
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Purchased from artist in 1992

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2006–June 30, 2007,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 208.

Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 113, pl. 101.

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