When you love an art object and then you learn about the how it is crafted, your appreciation for the artist increases exponentially. The Tacoma Art Museum had a great lecture about the history and process of creating Pendleton trade blankets this past Saturday. The blankets are part of the Chihuly exhibit in TAM's largest gallery. The lecture raised issues about globalization, market research, and the appropriation of cultural iconography.
The brilliant hot pink petals, a bit out of focus, provide a interesting contrast in color and form to the spindly, ice gray stems. It reads a bit like an abstract painting. The blotches of intense color provide a focus for looking deeper.