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Artist
Date
2006
Period
21st century
Media
Welded copper tubing, shells, Gaufrage velvet
Measurements
66 1/2 x 28 x 28 inches
Classification
Subject Category
sea shell
Credit Line
Museum purchase with support from the Friends of the Farnsworth Collection, 2006.9
Accession No
2006.9
Context
A midcoast Maine native, the self-trained Brian White has created a compelling group of sculptures using materials tied to the region’s culture, in this case sea shells. Deriving from a centuries-old New England folk tradition, his transparent female dress is composed of shells adhered to a welded copper form. “Sea Street” in its title refers to a no longer extant Rockland street where visiting sailors, among others, sought out pleasures from its purveyors.

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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