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Mutation

Norm Sartorius

1999    Size   H: 3 in  W: 4.25 in  D: 9 in  

In a museum - Permanant Collection of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian America

Donated by: Shared between Bressler and Horn

Mexican Oak Burl - This carving references spoons without being one, and to me appeared to be a spoon with an abnormality attached or even being generated by the first spoon. This piece was a turning point in my career. Kenneth Trap was curator of the Renwick at the time and I showed this spoon, front pedestal, when he visited my booth at the pre Christmas Washington Craft Show. I teased him that the Renwick had no wooden spoons at the time which was true. He fired back "do you have a suggestion?" Intending to direct him to pieces more recognizable as spoons I ignored Mutation. He looked around before indicating that he wanted the least spoon-like piece in my booth. This validation of the sculptural aspect of my spooncarving led to future departures and greater confidence.

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