On View

Mistaken Identity

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Mistaken Identity

Artist: Joyce J. Scott (American, born 1948)
Date: 2018
Medium: Blown glass, beads, thread
Dimensions:
Overall: 18 3/4 × 21 × 10 in. (47.6 × 53.3 × 25.4 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc., 2018.42
Accession number: 2018.42
Classification: sculpture
In Collection(s)
Label TextMistaken Identity is a major work by Joyce Scott. This work by the MacArthur "Genius" Award Recipient exemplifies her approach to artmaking, which often merges traditional handicraft with potent social commentary. Here, she combines beads and Murano glass forms in a seated figure with horns and a tail holding fire in its hands. Through this sculpture and others, Scott references social justice issues, such as gun violence, racial profiling, abuse of women, and sex trafficking. Source: News Jan Feb Mar 2019
entirely unexpected