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Craft: Metal: Alexandra's Pink Slipper
Alexandra's Pink Slipper


Alexandra's Pink Slipper
1989
John Garrett
aluminum, paint, beads, and plastic
9 3/4 x 34 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (24.8 x 88.3 x 26.7 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld
1997.41.1
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"I look for interesting structures, patterns or colors. I ask myself, 'how can this be transformed? How will it look juxtaposed with . . . ?'" Artist quoted in American Craft, April/May 2001

Alexandra's Pink Slipper was created during John Garrett's years in Southern California, where the glitter of Hollywood and the bright colors and shiny surfaces of surfer culture led him to make a series of tightly woven "baskets" suggesting myths and fairytales. Pink, purple, and black beads are strung on lengths of silver and black aluminum to create a form that brings to mind Liberace's costumes and Las Vegas showmanship ("Bridge V," 1998).

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