Head of Dreiser Spoon – Detail
Detail from photo of Esherick’s sculpture, Head of Dreiser.
The Wharton Esherick Museum presented Poplar Culture: the Celebration of
a Tree, May 21-June 10, 2012 at Historic Yellow Springs. The show
featured the work of more than 40 contemporary woodworkers honoring
Wharton Esherick with pieces crafted from a single tulip poplar tree
that stood outside Esherick’s studio door. I was given 3 small limbs
from this poplar tree. Looking at photographs of Wharton Esherick’s
sculptures shown in Wharton Esherick, The Journey of a Creative Mind by
Mansfield Bascom, I found three sculptures that suggested spoon forms.
Each spoon’s design was an interaction of Wharton’s vision with my
fixation on spoons. Added information may be found
Head of Dreiser Spoon – Tulip Poplar – 9.5 x 2 x 2 - Head of
Dreiser is a sculpture by Wharton Esherick referencing his friendship
with Theodore Dreiser, and novelist and journalist. I used a section of
that work as a starting point for this spoon. Photography by Jim Osborn.
This spoon was part of the
2015 Instructor Exhibition at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.
Exhibition Dates are May 18 – August 22, 2015.
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