Nationality & Life Dates:
22 x 7 x 11 inches
Purchase with Fay and Barrett Howell Fund
On View - Wieland Pavilion, Second Level, Cousins Special Exhibition Galleries, Gallery 211
Using a homemade chisel, William Edmondson began to carve limestone blocks in his yard in Nashville, Tennessee, after hearing the voice of God. Edmondson’s subjects are often heroes of the African American community such as teachers and ministers.
Here, he celebrates the nurses he admired during his long employment at a Nashville hospital. Nurse demonstrates Edmondson’s elegant economy of form. He rendered the body's basic shapes as geometric volumes, concentrating on details in the facial features and carefully coiffed hair. The figure’s hands, positioned gracefully in her lap, lend Nurse a delicacy that belies its solidity.