(American, b. 1956)
Silver acrylic marker and graphite rubbing on Japanese paper
Overall: 98.4 x 65.4 cm (38 3/4 x 25 3/4 in.)
Supporters of the Ohio Advisory Group - National Museum of Women and the Arts 2019.245
The artist Carmel Buckley made rubbings of three different Cleveland sewer drain covers, including this one, during the spring and summer of 2019.
Carmel Buckley’s Untitled highlights the artist’s imaginative approach to materials. In a series of work begun in 2008, Buckley makes graphite stick rubbings of mundane or industrial metal objects that often have ties with the industrial history of a place. These “drain drawings” relate to her broader interest in the ways that urban architecture and artifacts link residents and visitors to the historical past and to everyday cultural artifacts. In this rubbing, she captured one of many sewer drain covers found around the city of Cleveland.
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