Bartram’s Monolith

Bartram’s Monolith

Bartram’s Monolith
Title: Bartram’s Monolith
Artist: Tom Rauschke, US
Nationality: US
Date: 2014
Materials: Tulip poplar, holly, mulberry, black walnut, green heart, ebony, osage orange, purple heart, hickory, pine, spruce
Dimensions: in.70 x 16 x 27"
Price: NFS
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Object ID Number: 2016FBTRa1
Object Number: 2016FBTRa1
Notes: I make bowls that will never hold popcorn, teapots that will never see hot water, and containers that will never contain anything but air. As a craft artist my intention has always been to make a functional object, something useful that a person would interact with rather than just look at. As a Fine Art sculptor, my concerns are more aesthetic with less concern if it actually performs a function. In between these two influences I have created a body of work that, while starting out with the ability and appearance of functional objects, is in reality intended to intrigue the mind and enchant the eye. I can also give an old tree another life. The Mobiles that I make might be one possible exception to this in that their purpose is to fill a space with form, color, and movement, and that function they serve fully well. For over thirty years I have been incorporating mobiles into my wood sculptures. These mobiles were generally very small as they often “flew” within my sculptures, adding an aspect of movement inside the form. A small flock of crows, a school of fish, or leaves falling from a tree - these mini- mobiles also brought an element of narrative to the piece.