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III (Wish #1, Wish #2, Wish #3)

1994
20th Century
13 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 2 in. (34.29 cm x 13.34 cm x 5.08 cm)

Lorna Simpson, American, b. 1960

Object Type: Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Wood, felt, ceramic, rubber, bronze
Credit Line: Gift of the Peter Norton Family
Accession Number: 1994.25
Lorna Simpson is a Black American photographer and multimedia artist. Working with fragments of identity, including race and gender, Simpson challenges mainstream views of such concepts. Simpson often works with the body and fragments of the body, whether she is working in photography or other mediums. III can be read as an iteration of this fragmentation. As a spiritual, mental, and emotional act, wishing can be a way of dealing with the challenges and opportunities of being a Black woman. The three materials the wishbones are made of – rubber, ceramic, and bronze – each provide a different possibility and potential for a wish.

In 1994, art collector Peter Norton issued this limited edition multiple by Simpson. The piece contains three wishbones, each made of either bronze, rubber, or ceramic displayed in a die-cut, lithographed felt bed that slides into a wooden box. The wishbone is a key symbol throughout Simpson’s body of work.

--Dre Ortiz Galdamez, December 2018

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Dimensions
  • Wishbones Dimensions: 4 1/4 in. x 2 in. x 1/2 in. (10.8 cm x 5.08 cm x 1.27 cm)
  • Box Dimensions: 13 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 2 in. (34.29 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

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