Evelyn Svec Ward

(American, 1921-1989)

Sisal, henequen, ixtle, cotton, and linen thread; looped and knitted, shaped and stiffened

Overall: 152.4 x 147.3 x 26.7 cm (60 x 58 x 10 1/2 in.)

Gift of Pamela Elizabeth Ward in loving memory of her parents, William E. and Evelyn Svec Ward 2005.137



During the mid 1950s, Ward resigned her position in the textile department at the Cleveland Museum of Art to devote full-time energy to her artistic career. In the ensuing decades she produced a steady output that creatively explored the textural effects of fiber and fabric. Shard, a large abstract relief panel, is a complex construction of threads of sisal, henequen, cotton, and linen - as well as ixtle, which she acquired in Oaxaca, Mexico, a region whose native cultures and rugged typography inspired much of her work.

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