Two Urns, 1991
Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, Phoebe Adams earned a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and earned an MFA from the State University of New York at Albany.
- Phoebe Adams, American (b. 1953)
- Etching, pencil signed and numbered, limited numbered edition of 125
- Commissioned by The Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Measures 38” x 29” inches
My work is full of messages with sideways humor about psychological states. A realism gleaned not from symbolic logic or diaristic narrative but rather from close observation of nature’s peculiarities and human dilemmas. Physical stand-ins for states of mind that exhibit flux: transformations of one thing to another: a merging of messy, inarticulate states. Brancusi meets sci-fi. Metaphors about scale gotten from a lifetime of devoted amateur wanderings in the natural sciences. I have invented forms; manifested in bronze, carved wood, hair, encaustic, fiber, rubber glass that have been formed with the pleasure of my hand.