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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Folk Art: Folk Painting: Acupuncture Pitchfork Style
Acupuncture Pitchfork Style

Acupuncture Pitchfork Style
about 1974
John William ("Uncle Jack") Dey
model airplane enamel on wood
23 x 36 in. (58.5 x 91.5 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

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In this painting, "Uncle Jack" Dey combined his memories of the Maine landscape with imagined characters to create a surreal, confusing world. A man with a ladle hangs from a kite string over a vat of "Mince Pie Mix with Rum," while a woman in a short blue dress attacks him with a pitchfork. Dey filled the sky with blackbirds to emphasize the ominous activities of this woman and her "exotic pies." (Tom Patterson, Contemporary Folk Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2001)

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