Paper, German text, quail eggshell
Overall: 24.1 x 21 x 3.2 cm (9 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 1 1/4 in.); Mounted: 33.7 x 28.3 x 5.1 cm (13 1/4 x 11 1/8 x 2 in.)
Gift of Camille and Alex Cook 2014.712
© Lenore G. Tawney Foundation
In Root of Itself, Lenore Tawney created a work of art in which old sheets of paper frame a quail eggshell flanked by strips of printed German text. Collages made of natural objects and ephemera that she compiled over her lifetime display the artist’s personal visual vocabulary and poetic response to materials. Recurring images—such as the bird egg seen here—engage with universal themes such as vulnerability, resilience, infinity, and spirituality.
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