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Form Infolded #117

A work made of ink, sparrow feathers and watercolor paint on paper; mounted on linen, plain weave; over stretchers; plexiglas box.
© Lenore G. Tawney Foundation

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  • A work made of ink, sparrow feathers and watercolor paint on paper; mounted on linen, plain weave; over stretchers; plexiglas box.

Date:

1969

Artist:

Lenore Tawney (American, 1907–2007)
New York, United States

About this artwork

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Lenore Tawney

Title

Form Infolded #117

Place

New York City (Object made in)

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Made 1969

Medium

Ink, sparrow feathers and watercolor paint on paper; mounted on linen, plain weave; over stretchers; plexiglas box

Inscriptions

Inscription (written in ink): we do not see them come/ their great wings furled/ their boundless forms infolded/ smaller than poppy seed or grain of corn/ to enter the dimensions of our world/ in time to unfold what in eternity they are/ each a great sun but dwindles to a star/ by the distances they have travelled/ higher than cupola their bright ingress/ presences vaster than the vault of night/ incorporeal mental spaces infinite/ diminished to a point & to a moment brought/ through the everywhere & nowhere invisible door/ by the many ways they know/ the thoughts of wisdom pass

Dimensions

19 × 8.9 × 20.3 cm (7 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Lenore Tawney

Reference Number

1997.357

Copyright

© Lenore G. Tawney Foundation

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