Sep 19, 2014
Sep 19, 2014

Root of Itself

Root of Itself


Lenore Tawney

(American, 1907–2007)

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


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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