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Echoes of Amphora: III/18
Eleanor Lakelin

sandblasted chestnut (wood) bleached

Currently on view at Mint Museum--UPTOWN

Museum Purchase with funds from the Charles W. Beam Accessions Endowment

Eleanor Lakelin masterfully manipulates burl wood, formed by trees in response to stress or disease, to create elegant vessels. “I peel back bark to reveal the organic chaos that can exist in the material itself and build up layers of texture through carving and sandblasting. I use the vessel form and surface pattern to explore time, the layers and fissures between creation and decay and the erosion of nature.” This vessel’s shape resembles an amphora, a type of ancient Roman storage jar. Lakelin has carved subtle ridges on one side, complementing the vessel’s natural cracks and changes in color, while a mass of burled knobs dominates another side. The surface texture and volume of Echoes of Amphora change as one walks around it, offering multiple vantage points. Lakelin taught English in Europe and West Africa for many years before retraining as a cabinetmaker in 1993. She has worked with wood for over twenty years, honing her skills by taking master classes with sculptors, carvers, and woodturners. Since 2011, she has focused on making sculptural forms and vessels using a combination of traditional and modern tools and techniques.

Accession Number: 2019.1


height: 20.87 inches
width: 16.93 inches

Copyright Information:
NEPL signed with artist representative 2/22/2019

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