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Multiple: Five Black Nesting Bowls

21st Century

Pae White, American, b. 1963

Object Type: Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Hand harvested clay embedded with cattails, Raku-fired using resinous plants
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 2009.14.a
Pae White is a contemporary American artist that creates large-scale, mixed-media installations concerned with shifting associations of familiar objects. White has said of her work, “my practice has focused on an exploration of the neglected, the forgotten, the spaces between things, even the things between things. I am equally drawn to the temporary, the fleeting, to the ephemera of everyday life.”

The exterior of each nesting bowl echoes a grinding stone carved into a large granite rock on the banks of the Yuba River. The stone cavities were created by the Maidu, a tribe of Indigenous peoples, and were used to grind acorns and seeds. The inside of each bowl is smooth, an indication of the fingers that pressed each bowl into form. The combination of exterior and interior introduces a conversation by the artist on the Californian landscape, the people who have known it, and the complicated history of occupation.

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Too fragile to measure Dimensions: in. (mm)

Bibliography List
This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Stephanie Hanor, ed. Moments of Impact. Moments of Impact Mills College Art Museum. Oakland, CA, 2017

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