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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2008.133
People
Cheryl Laemmle, American (born 1947)
Title
Untitled
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1982
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Technique
Etching and aquatint
Dimensions
sheet: 76.1 x 56.6 cm (29 15/16 x 22 5/16 in.)
plate: 60.5 x 44.5 cm (23 13/16 x 17 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Cheryl Laemmle 1982
  • inscription: l.r in pencil: Cheryl Laemmle 1982
  • inscription: l.l in pencil: A.P. 10/10
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Edition
Artist's Proof 10/10
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois B. Torf in honor of Susan Dackerman
Accession Year
2008
Object Number
2008.133
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Commentary
The carved wooden angel form in Cheryl Laemmle's prints is an early iteration of the birch-bark figures in her later paintings. These imaginary figures made of organic material are influenced by her time spent in the mountains of the Adirondacks between 1982-1983 and the toys her grandfather carved for her out of birch. The claustrophobic space created with the large childlike figures in the foreground against a shallow dark background reveal her play between fantasy and pessimism, reality and illusion. Laemmle's use of boxes in her prints is influenced by Joseph Cornell iconic box assemblages.

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