Nationality & Life Dates:
American, born ca. 1911
Carved wood, cut metal, wire, plastic
23 x 13 1/2 x 15 inches
Purchase through prior acquisitions from the Members Guild, Charles Loridans, and Folk Art Acquisition Fund
Currently Not on View
Returning from World War II with psychological trauma, Ferdinand Cooper retired to a tiny shack he built on the property where he was raised in Sanford, Florida. He covered his environment inside and out with charm-like objects and forms. The surface of this cabinet is an assemblage of wood and tin cutouts on which images of clocks, an eye, animals, crosses, a keyhole, letters, numbers, eyeglasses, and money are visible. The interior is filled, as if it were a medicine cabinet, with a carved shaving brush, toothbrushes, dentures—and a gun.