III (Three Wishbones in A Wood Box)
wood box, felt, ceramic, rubber, bronze
box: 2 1/4in. x 13 3/4in. x 5 1/2in.
3 wishbones (same dimensions), 1 each made of ceramic, rubber and bronze; Norton Family Christmas Edition of 5,000; Lorna Simpson is best known for her photography, which often combines images of black women with text as a way to explore society's relationship with race, sex, and ethnicity. In this work, Simpson centers on the wishbone, a key of her artistic imagery. Drawing on the metaphorical meanings of the project's materials, Simpson used III as both an examination of and meditation on wishing. The set includes a wooden box filled with three contrasting wishbones, or "wishes," made from bronze, ceramic, and rubber. The bronze and rubber wishbones are unbreakably rigid. The ceramic wishbone was designed to be fragile, which was the artist's intention.
United States, b. 1960
Gift of Phyllis Plous
SIMPSON, Lorna and United States, b. 1960, “SIMPSON, Lorna,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed August 10, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/7580.