Sculptural Hammer Head

Sculptural Hammer Head
Nancy Blum
Born 1963
Artist Biography
Acquisition Number: 2016.51
Medium: Stoneware
Size: 10” x 4 5/8” x 2¾”
Date: c. 1990's
Credit: Purchased from the collection of Bill and Liz Hunt

At the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, Blum created a body of work that was based upon the common object. She said  "I crafted many oversized, known items and mostly placed them in boxes where they could be taken out and handled and rearranged. In this work I was interested in the tactility of the object, in ideas of repetition and accessibility and how to work as a sculptor in a ‘craft medium’ without being someone who made functional items. At the very core I was thinking about how the objects around us hold memories, stir associations and engage us in relationships regardless of their low or high stature. Ultimately, before I left the Archie Bray, I made what I think to be my first ‘public’ art piece and it is still on the grounds of the foundation. In it you will find a hammer head!"