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Throat

A work made of felt, suture thread, epoxy resin, pigment, varnish.

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  • A work made of felt, suture thread, epoxy resin, pigment, varnish.

Date:

1995

Artist:

Joan Livingstone (American, b. 1948)

About this artwork

From the early years of her career, Livingstone has demonstrated a strong interest in the human body. She began making sculptural work in felt that consciously referred to the body in 1990. Felt seemed a perfect metaphor for skin, resembling hide while acting as a membrane. Initially abstract and sensual, by 1994 the bodily references were more overt and organ-like, with wrinkled areas, projecting tubes, and bloody coloring. Throat, Collar, and Vent, conceived as a set, are powerful works that present the viewer with an uncomfortable paradox: from a distance they represent something normally hidden and repugnant, while close up they are actually quite beautiful in color and surface treatment.
—A Global View: Recent Acquisitions of Textiles, 2012-2016, April 8-September 5, 2016, Galleries 57-59

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Joan E. Livingstone

Title

Throat

Place

United States (Object made in)

Date

Made 1995

Medium

Felt, suture thread, epoxy resin, pigment, varnish

Dimensions

101.6 × 45.7 × 38.1 cm (40 × 18 × 15 in.)

Credit Line

Grace R. Smith Textile Endowment

Reference Number

2016.80.1

Extended information about this artwork

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