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Ode on a Maori Paddle: Ethno/Graphic Glass Art Practice

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2011) Ode on a Maori Paddle: Ethno/Graphic Glass Art Practice. Discussion Paper. Museum Ethnographers Group.

Item Type: Reports, briefing/ working papers (Discussion Paper)


This article analyzes a body of artworks that address the historical and contemporary aspects of a collection of ethnographic objects. Ossify (2009), a glass sculpture, was commissioned by Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens for its permanent collection and exhibited in Collected Fragments (2009-10), an international group exhibition focused on artists working creatively with taxonomy and collection. The paper describes the development of an 'ethno/graphic' method, to provide an example of an artistic interpretation of museum ethnography, and to make explicit a technique that embeds graphic images in glass. This project revealed Sunderland's connections to selected artefacts by describing how the objects have been handled, and showed how these connections may be visualised in a body of glass artworks. This is a revised version of a paper given at ‘Making Things’, the annual conference of the Museum Ethnographers Group, hosted by and held at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 12–13 April 2010. This article is due to be published in April 2012.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: glass, art, ethnography, Sunderland
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Depositing User: Jeffrey Sarmiento


Item ID: 2759
ISSN: 0954-7169
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Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2012 14:36
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 11:03


Author: Jeffrey Sarmiento ORCID iD

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Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Art and Design


Glass and Ceramics > Kiln Glass

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