Feb. 5 Art Minute: Therman Statom, HYRDA

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Therman Statom (American, born 1953), HYDRA. Plate and blown glass, aluminum, paint, found objects, and pigment applications, 1996–2002. 10′ 6” by 14′ 9” by 31′ 3″. Purchased with funds from the 2001 Centennial Ball and with funds from the Centennial Society, 2002.40. Installed in the north, south, and west walls of the Plough Entrance.

What does a museum mean to an individual, to a community?

In October 1995, Therman Statom asked himself this question a he visited the Toledo Museum of Art to participate in an artist residency program. Statom returned to his studio in California and continued to reflect on the Museum’s collection and environment. They became the inspiration for HYDRA, which was first installed in the Museum in 1996 as part of the exhibition Art to Art. HYDRA was reconfigured in 2002 for the Plough Entrance where thousands of students enter the Museum each year. HYDRA is an emotional and intuitive reaction by Statom to the Museum’s buildings and collection. In the artist’s words, “I hope that the final result will look like a memory, occupying that ambiguous area between the viewer’s dreams and my own work.”


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