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Artist Horrell, Deborah
Date 1974-1975
Medium low-fire ceramic and taffeta
Culture American
Catalog Number 1975.4
Collection Contemporary Art Collection
Object Name Sculpture
Credit line Purchase Award, Arizona Crafts '75
Didactic Information Best known for her elegant cast glass vessels, Portland artist Deborah Horrell works with a range of materials such as ceramics, glass, enamel, Plexiglas, wood, and bronze. Originally trained at the University of Washington as a ceramicist in the 1970s, Horrell discovered glass at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School during a residency in 1994, which permanently altered the trajectory of her artistic career. With her vessels, Horrell creates contemporary still lifes that explore themes of family, relationships, and nature.
Cumulo-Flamingo Dream, 1974-1975, is an early abstract work made of white painted, low-fire ceramic and salmon-pink silk taffeta. Cumulo, the latin word for "heap" or "pile," corresponds to the tufts of silk taffeta at the top of the work, while ceramic appendages appear like the thin legs of a flamingo. This whimsical work reflects on Horrell's broad use of materials in unconventional ways, and her interest in forms derived from nature.
(December 2015)