Sept. 11 Art Minute: Mieke Groot, Vase

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Mieke Groot (Dutch, born 1949), Vase. Glass, blown, with enamel, 1997. Height: 8 1/8 in. Diameter: 10 3/8 in. Gift of Barry Friedman, Ltd., 2002.30. In the special exhibition Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists

Mieke Groot (Dutch, born 1949), Vase. Glass, blown, with enamel, 1997. Height: 8 1/8 in. Diameter: 10 3/8 in. Gift of Barry Friedman, Ltd., 2002.30. In the special exhibition Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists

Throughout her career, Mieke Groot’s work has been informed and inspired by her frequent travels. This is particularly clear from 1994, after the first of her many trips to Senegal. The form, colors, and surface of this vase can easily be traced back to the sources of their inspiration. The dryness of the African earth in some places, parched and cracked in the heat, is echoed in the color and texture. Groot based the vase on containers she saw in Senegal—closed forms, often with only a small access hole, that guard what is held within, keeping it safe from heat, insects, and other assailants.


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