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III

Artist: Lorna Simpson (American, born 1960)

Date: 1994
Medium: Wood, felt, rubber, ceramic, bronze and ink
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 1/4 x 13 5/8 x 5 3/8in. (5.7 x 34.6 x 13.7cm)
Signed: Inside lid of box, printed in black ink: 'III / LORNA SIMPSON / PETER NORTON FAMILY / CHRISTMAS EDITION 1994 / EDITION OF 5000 / COMPONENTS: / WOOD BOX AND FELT / WITH CERAMIC, RUBBER, / AND BRONZE WISHBONES / COORDINATED BY / JEFF RYAN, 21 STEPS, / PORTLAND OREGON / WATERLESS LITHOGRAPHY ON FELT / PRINTED BY HAND AT 21 STEPS'
Inscribed: Carved into lid of box: 'III' On felt, in ink: 'WISH #1 / WISH #2 / WISH #3'
Credit Line: Peter Norton Family Christmas Project 1994
Object number: 95.1
Label Text
Simpson intended this sculpture to be a work for private meditation. An individual could open the box and hold each wishbone to feel its weight and texture. Some meditations might include the need to wish for a better future. Others might reflect on the wishbones' symbolism - that of being broken, of flexibility, and of defiance.

This sculpture came to the museum as a gift of the Peter Norton family. Each year the Norton family commissions a contemporary artist to produce a limited edition work to be sent to museums, collectors, and friends.

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