Sep 22, 2020
Sep 28, 2009

Owl 43 (verso)

Owl 43 (verso)


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Lenore Tawney

(American, 1907–2007)

Pen and black ink and watercolor and collage

Support: Postcard

Image: 15.7 x 10.5 cm (6 3/16 x 4 1/8 in.); Sheet: 15.7 x 10.5 cm (6 3/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

Gift of Katharine Kuh 1981.177.b


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Lenore Tawney was a pioneering fiber artist known for large-scale public installations, but her postcard collages were personal missives to close friends on an intimate scale.


This is one of 44 postcard collages in the CMA’s collection that the textile artist Lenore Tawney sent through the mail to her friend, the art dealer, curator, and critic Katherine Kuh between 1969 and 1981. Using natural objects and ephemera that she compiled over a lifetime, Tawney’s collages display the artist’s personal visual vocabulary and poetic response to materials. Recurring images—such as eggs, feathers, birds, baby animals, crosses, and circles—engage with universal themes such as vulnerability, resilience, infinity, and spirituality. Owls appear regularly in Tawney's imagery and could refer to evil, or wisdom.

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